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Candyfloss buildings and Marshmallow Skies

Posted in Architecture, DESIGN with tags , , , , , on July 1, 2011 by echostains

Kansas City Library public parking garage

Architects have their work cut out trying to dream up functional aestheticalyl pleasing buildings.  These particular buildings though, follow the dream literally.  They are castles in the air: imagination made practical, –  each of these buildings actually promotes a product.  For example, Kansas City Library actually incorporates book like structures into its public parking garage.  This might prove an expensive day out if you get a library fine AND  a parking fine. But the library car park is  not the only building to feature aspects of what it ‘sells or produces;-

Furnitureland South

When I first saw this building I thought that each drawer was a floor,  and puzzled over what furniture would be  considered to be ‘top drawer’ and what was tucked away in the bottom drawer, until I found out that  Furnitureland South in Jamestown NC USA is more of a sculpture attached to a building. What a great advertisement for the home furnishings is sells though.   Directions not needed – just look for the very tallboy – you can’t miss it – 85 foot high!

If you like ice cream and would like to live in an ice cream palace then you could buy one of these Twistee Treat ice cream shops!  This firm opened around 90 ice cream parlours between the 1980s and 90s and there’s actually one for sale in Florida (fully stocked).  You could always buy a dismantled one and put it back together yourself for 40,000 dollars though.  This building wood look refreshing in summer and extra chilly in winter – great fun though 🙂

twistee-treat

Images from this interesting article – including more wacky buildings here

More information about the Kansas City Public Library car park and the choice of books used and why here

Furnitureland image from here

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Dream Buildings that are just that – Dreams!

Posted in Architecture, DESIGN, HOME with tags , , , , on November 9, 2009 by echostains

this one's called mammys cupboard and was built  1940 mississippi

There’s some strange buildings in this world.  Buildings made of salvage, buildings encrusted with shells, buildings that just cheer you up and make you think what great fun it would be to live in.

oast house Kent fairytale living surely

I have always thought that it would be fantastic to live in an Oast House; these are the houses  usuallyseen in Kent and Sussex. They were built to dry the hops to brew beer, but are so fairytale like as well as airy and practical!

 

Another building I used to dream of living in is the Lighthouse.  How exciting it must be to be in the middle of the sea, seeing all types of weather and braving the elements, but snug and content in your lighthouse.  Beaming out light and guiding ships to safety, sigh…

beautiful windmills
beautiful windmills

Or perhaps a windmill!  There’s something so romantic about these building.  The noise of the sails: the grinding of the corn, –  just constant continuity.  Surely this must count as a most lucupletative*  way of life?

* This is my adopted word that I have officially adopted and have promised to use where I can.  Here’s the site if you want to adopt a word HERE

The first picture came from THIS website: there’s some real wacky buildings on there!

A Visit to Shrewsbury: Out and About

Posted in A VISIT TO SHREWSBURY, DESIGN, PAST PLACES with tags , , , , , on October 3, 2009 by echostains

Continuing my post about our recent visit to the ancient market town of Shrewsbury, Salop….

Part 1 HERE

black and white buildings everywhere

black and white buildings everywhere

Ancient buildings abound here.  Some are bowed and crooked, but on they go, as they have done for hundreds of years.  Here’s a few of them;

the roofs may be bent but these houses are sticking together

the roofs may be bent but these houses are sticking together

The Kings Head pub contains an ancient wall painting.  This was uncovered during renovations.  It shows what looks like the Last Supper.  The original Kings Head was further up the street.  This pub may be on the site of an old chapel.

The Kings Head Shrewsbury

 

 

 

The Kings Head Shrewsbury

Unfortunately the pictures of the wall painting didn’t come out very well….

kings head wall painting

 

 

 

kings head wall painting

As you can see, it was extremely difficult to get a complete picture of the painting as it went right into what looked like an old chimney or recess, thereby making it tricky to get the whole of it in.

kings head wallpainting detail

 

 

 

kings head wallpainting detail

You can just about make it out.  Considering how old the painting is, the colours are remarkable though.

kings head wall painting info

 

 

 

kings head wall painting info

So much is made of the city of York, and especially the Shambles, – yet here is a whole town of wonderful buildings, streets that rise and meander, winding alleyways, each twist and turn reveals another architectural delight!  We found lots of streets and alleys and passageways, tiny squares, hidden pubs.  Shrewsbury is a town full of surprises!

Lots more about the Kings Head Wall painting  HERE

to be continued tomorrow..

A Couple of Nights (and Days) on the Toon (Newcastle): Out and about

Posted in Architecture, DESIGN, NIGHT AND DAYS ON THE TOON (NEWCASTLE TRIP) with tags , , , on August 9, 2009 by echostains

Continuing with our brief Newcastle visit, we were entranced by this city and amazed at the variety of architecture which sits happily enough with the contemporary buildings.

even the old flour mill has been rejuvenated

even the old flour mill has been rejuvenated

Millenium Bridge Newcastle and Gateshead –

millenium bridge

millenium bridge

The Tyne Bridge north

newcastle bridge north approach

newcastle bridge north approach

Beautiful Central Arcade is  Edwardian, built in 1906 and highly decorated.  It is situated between Grainger and Grey Street.

central arcade newcastle

central arcade newcastle

Grey Street was built in the 1830s by Richard Grainger and John Dobson.  It is reknown for it’s Georgian architecture and the impressive Theatre Royal and Central Arcade amongst many

theatre Royal Grey Street Newcastle

theatre Royal Grey Street Newcastle

More posts about Newcastle;

Bessie Surtees House

More HERE

Continued tomorrow…

Art I LOVE: Frank Gehry ‘Fred and Ginger building’ Prague, Czech Republic

Posted in ART, DESIGN, FAVORITE ART: Art I LOVE with tags , , on June 16, 2009 by echostains

gehry3 nationale-nedderlanden prague

 

gehry3 nationale-nedderlanden prague

The Nationale Nederlanden or The Dancing building or Fred and Ginger or the Rasin are all names for one of my favorite buildings: the architect is Frank Gehry b. Poland 1929.  The building is in Prague, and I was lucky enough to see it (albeit only from a distance).

dancing windows nationale Nederlanden building

 

dancing windows nationale Nederlanden building

The building has been likened to the movements of  a pair of dancers (Fred Astaire and Ginger Rodgers).  Indeed, the building does have a kind of playful  movement to it: the windows, placed at different levels, seem to bounce!

More on Gehry later….

Read about the building here

Thomas Mynshull, Eternal Benefactor

Posted in ART, ART HISTORY, DESIGN, OUT AND ABOUT MANCHESTER with tags , , on March 2, 2009 by echostains

minshull-building-manchester

 

minshull-building-manchester

It’s amazing the amount of  interesting buildings we pass each day of our life.  I am fascinated by this building  – Mynshull House, on Catheaton St Manchester City centre. 

fabulous-building

 

fabulous-building

Puritan Thomas Mynshull, a 17th century chemist and druggist  bequeathed money  earned through the two houses that formerly stood on this spot, to be spent on apprencticing healthy local boys to respectable trades.

myshulls-house-cateheaton-st-manchester

 

myshulls-house-cateheaton-st-manchester

It was rebuilt in 1890 with lots of fancy corbels and bits of sculpture and is Grade 11 Listed.  My favorite bit is the writing on the front.

mynshulls-house

mynshulls-house

This is an interesting site about Manchester history

More pics here