Tag Archives: Architecture

The market is open

1 Oct

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Cool places: DHUB

10 Jun
Barcelona architecture: DHUB

Plaça de Glòries

Barcelona architecture: DHUB

DHUB

Barcelona architecture: DHUB

Touches of color

Barcelona architecture: DHUB

Chillout

Barcelona architecture: DHUB

Reflective pool

Museum snaps

6 Jun
Amsterdam Rijksmuseum Details Spaces

The new courtyard

While in Amsterdam last week, I made it a point to revisit the recently reopened Rijksmuseum and have a look at the collections as well as the way the building has been refurbished. I was not disappointed. Here are some details I wanted to share with you: museum snaps. Enjoy!

Amsterdam Rijksmuseum Details Spaces

Step windows

Amsterdam Rijksmuseum Details Spaces

Courtyard vista

Amsterdam Rijksmuseum Details Spaces

Ladies in the window

Amsterdam Rijksmuseum Details Spaces

Stained sponsors

Amsterdam Rijksmuseum Details Spaces

Vaulted ceiling

Amsterdam Rijksmuseum Details Spaces

The Night Watch

Ironing – snapping photos of iron beauties

30 May
Iron beauties around Barcelona

The gate – Passeig de Gràcia

Do you like ironing? I don’t mind, especially when it refers to snapping photos of iron beauties around Barcelona! ;) Here are some for you to enjoy…

Iron beauties around Barcelona

Lacy looks – Carrer Caputxes

Iron beauties around Barcelona

Gorgeous grille – Carrer Doctor Joaquim Pou

Iron beauties around Barcelona

Supporting – Passeig de Gràcia

Iron beauties around Barcelona

Lovely lid – Carrer Balmes

Shimmering our way into the weekend

17 May
Shimmer and shine on Barcelona buildings and structures

Avinguda Diagonal

It’s the weekend, and after a couple of days of cooler temperatures and lots of rain, the sun is out, so it is time to shimmer our way into the weekend.

Shimmer and shine on Barcelona buildings and structures

Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes

Just look around you, and you’ll find buildings and structures doing just that around Barcelona. Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!

Shimmer and shine on Barcelona buildings and structures

Port Olìmpic

Squares + circles

13 May
Squares + circles in Barcelona's decorative elements

Plaça del Mar

Happy Monday! Every week is  like a new game on a board, where Mondays are square one, and we hop from one space on the board to the next, squares + circles, until we arrive at Sunday… This thought came to me while I spotted these decorative elements on several of Barcelona’s buildings, so I thought I’d share them with you today.

Squares + circles in Barcelona's decorative elements

Plaça del Mar

Can you imagine playing hop-scotch on the walls of this building in the Born? Or moving checker pieces on the doors of the Santa Maria del mar?

Squares + circles in Barcelona's decorative elements

Santa Maria del Mar

Squares + circles in Barcelona's decorative elements

Plaça Sant Miquel

The squares + circles on the City Hall building on Plaça de Sant Miquel would make for a wonderful playground to hop from one square to the next, or throw balls into the circles, don’t you think? How about we make this week into a game? It sounds more fun that way, doesn’t it? In any case, and whether you are game or not, have a wonderful week, everyone!

Squares + circles in Barcelona's decorative elements

Plaça Sant Miquel

Blank canvas

8 Apr
Barcelona Cute Suite Macba Museum White

Foot steps

As Mondays tend to be a little tough on most of us, I thought we’d start the week with a blank canvas, with images from my archives taken at the MACBA, which is just around the corner from where I live…

Barcelona Cute Suite Macba Museum White

Corner

Barcelona Cute Suite Macba Museum White

Levels

Barcelona Cute Suite Macba Museum White

Sun light

Have a great week, everyone!

Barcelona Cute Suite Macba Museum White

Visitors

Out there…

2 Apr

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Hello! Did you survive the Easter weekend in one piece? I certainly hope so! Just a few weeks ago, I was out there… out there in the suburbs, off the beaten track, where Modernisme is nowhere to be found, and you can count the tourists on the fingers of one hand (should you spot any, that is). I found it refreshing: just a bunch of stark, utilitarian buildings, no frills whatsoever. At the most, some laundry hanging in the sun to dry as a touch of colour…

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That, and the odd piece of street art, among which a ‘classical’ piece by El Pez and a gorgeous smoking guy (at the top) as well as the radiant heart above. I like it out there… I’ll be going back to explore some more, and of course I will share my findings with you.

Chaflán charm

29 Nov copyright: Lisette van de Graaf
copyright: Lisette van de Graaf

A charming  chaflán

Today I am sharing some chaflán charm with you. Every intersection in the Eixample area of Barcelona is characterised by its chamfered corners, or chaflanes as these are called in Spanish. On one such chaflán I recently ‘discovered’ the very lovely building I am showing you today. You can find it on the intersection of Carrer València with Carrer Bailen. A little off the beaten track perhaps, but it’s just up the road from the lovely temple I showed you not long ago, so well worth heading out for.

copyright: Lisette van de Graaf

Pretty balconies and decorative elements

Just look at the profusion of details and decorative elements that were applied to this residential building! There is no doubt it was constructed in the time when Modernisme was the trend du jour in Barcelona.

copyright: Lisette van de Graaf

Scalloped windows

The different materials used, as well as the symbolism of these and the style are evidence of that…

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Illusions

5 Nov copyright: Lisette van de Graaf
copyright: Lisette van de Graaf

In and out – Carrer Badajoz

If you have been following this blog for some time, you will know that I like reflections. And I like them even more, when they create optical illusions, such as the ones I have in store for you today!

copyright: Lisette van de Graaf

Seeing double – Carrer Ciutat de Granada

Pretty amazing how shifting your focus on the same buildings I showed you in last Friday’s post, you can see such very different things. Which do you prefer, the corners, or the illusions?

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