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Why HE HAS RECAPTURED THE BEAUTY OF SINGAPORE’S OLD ART DECO LANDMARKS WITH HIS FINE ARCHITECTURAL ILLUSTRATIONS what gets him out of bed in the morning тм FRESH AS A DAISY,
ENTHUSIASTIC FOR MY WORK AS I MAKE MY TEA».
He may be an Englishman, but architectural historian Julian Davison’s vivid memories of yesteryear Singapore can rival any proud local’s. Julian’s father was an architect and one of the founding partners of the Singapore branch of Raglan Squire & Partners (better known today as RSP). The cheery 57-year-old spent his childhood in Singapore and Kuala Lumpur, only returning to the
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HALFAAMPIESKRAAL IS A WORKING GUEST FARM WHERE SURPRISE IS PART OF THE COLLECTION OF FURNITURE…
There’s a farm in the Overberg that never sleeps. It’s always busy there. If the owners aren’t converting the farmhouse, the outbuildings or the barn into a lively party and wedding venue, they’re rearranging the furniture. Or the potted plants. And now, rumour has it, they have something new up their sleeve-and it sounds intriguing…
You can safely bet on the good morning crow of an out-of-time rooster when you visit Halfaampieskraal. But that’s it, and that’s good. For the rest of your
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Founded in 1968 by Conway Wong. Vatord Group of Companies specialises in construction and contracting. manufacturing and supply of building materials and property investment. Vatord has since grown to become an operation with substantial undertakings in China, particularly Hong Kong and Macau, as well as in Singapore, and is a leading fit-out contractor for the retail, note and commercial sectors in the Southeast Asia region.
Today, the conglomerate is needed by Wong’s daughter Elizabeth, a Stanford graduate, who oversees the Group’s, operations and has for the past few years focused on revitalising the building materials side of the business by
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De Ceuvel – the Netherlands
Neat Amsterdam is a former shipyard that has become a post-industrial wasteland. This disused plot is to be turned into a green oasis housing creative and social enterprises, as well as a teahouse and a bed-and-breakfast establishment. Old houseboats that would otherwise be condemned to the junkyard will be refurbished and kitted out with green roofs and other sustainable energy features, turning these craft into on-land offices and workshops. The site’s heavily polluted earth will, over time, be ‘healed’ by «soil-cleaning plants», which will feature strongly in the scheme. Architectural practices Space & Matter, Metabolic
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The architectural firm of Herzog and de Meuron, which has now been operating long enough to be almost ‘old guard’, remains nonetheless one of the most reliable sources of original and gently challenging architectural form anywhere. Having burst onto the scene — at its more conceptual edges — many years ago, it has matured into one of a half dozen ‘go-to’ offices for major cultural commissions of the type that demand buildings of significance, stature and Intellectual depth. Never short of Innovative approaches or applications, from siting to massing to materials, Herzog and de Meuron deliver buildings always worth paying
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With its intricate patterns of beautifully coloured mussels, scallops and oysters, the shell house at Cilwendeg has an irresistible charm.
Deep in woodland in West Wales stands a sparkling little building that looks like something out of a fairytale. While Hansel and Gretel found a gingerbread house, in this clearing on the Cilwendeg estate near Boncath is something lovelier and more charming still — a 19th-century folly whose interior is decorated almost entirely with shells.
A wooden portico, shaded by climbers, supports a stepped pediment of coarsely cut white quartz, glinting in the sunshine, while arched doors and stained-glass windows
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The London Olympics are under starter’s orders. On 6 July 2005 it was announced in Singapore by the International Olympic Committee that London would host the 2012 Summer Olympic Games, from 27 July to 12 August. The capital is the first city to host the modern Olympic Games three times, having previously hosted the sporting spectacle in 1908 and 1948.
The past seven years have seen the Lea Valley and Stratford in London’s East End transform into the Olympic Zone, with a melange of venues – some permanent, some temporary – that will host the sporting action (see next two
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A step-by-step guide to building a log home.
BUILDING A LOG HOME is an exciting prospect but can seem a formidable challenge. Once the sequence is revealed, the process seems less intimidating and can proceed in an organized manner.
Preparing for Construction
Planning to build a log home can take from months to years. Finding just the right location, choosing a log-home provider, settling on a design, estimating costs, arranging for contractors and subs and securing financing are all grouped into what professional builders call “pre-construction activities.” Although thorough preparation during the pre-construction period greatly improves the ease
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We visit the latest in seaside art offers, this time a Jerwood Gallery designed by Hat Projects for Hastings, that adds to the town’s unique attractions
Hastings is eclectic. Topographically and architecturally it is an absurd and bewildering amalgamation of faded seaside grandeur, tired boatyards, crumbling , eccentric modes of transport and, what now seems to be the norm in British seaside towns, the carcass of a burned-out pier. This month sees the opening of the new Jerwood Gallery, by architecture practice Hat Projects, on the shoreline of a historically important working beach known as the Stade. It is also
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With its over-sized, over-stuffed walrus, jellyfish with knotted tendrils, and quirky world music gallery, the Horniman Museum and Gardens is held in real fondness by south Londoners.
As well as it being a great place for children, it’s an architectural landmark. So anyone planning to add to that architecture would have to think long and hard.
Its founder Frederick John Horniman was a Victorian tea trader, philanthropist and avid collector, whose mission was to ‘bring the world to Forest Hill’. His eye was particularly caught by wildlife – there’s a large natural history gallery where the walrus resides – and
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