Posted in Indonesia

Archtrove Travels To Indonesia – the home of a infinite islands

Indonesia is not a country defined by its geography – its luscious forests and vast lands, it becomes the country it wants to be. As I travelled to Jakarta, I saw millions upon millions of people going about their daily life without any struggle, despite travelling miles each day through immense traffic. Miles upon miles of roads would snake around and all with wistful drivers with nothing but amples of time. As with any metropolitan city, Jakarta has a wide range of diversity but unlike any developed country, its diversity also extends to its own people.

Within Indonesia itself, there is a diverse range of climates, people, languages, cultures, food and artwork due to its many takeovers and its vast landscape. The world’s fourth most populous country in the world runs across the equator enjoying a rich bio-diversity. From trekking mountains, ex and dormant volcanoes, Indonesia is most definitely not for the faint-hearted. Due to its legacy, many of these buildings still stand in forms such as religious or royal uses.

With low flat land in metropolitan cities such as Jakarta, skyscrapers have begun to take place showcasing its transition into modernity, to high mountainous regions lying on the equator. Having said that, a contrasting landscape of a mirage of blue and green landscape, does however, help to slow things down and allows one to encompass the surroundings.

Cities in Indonesia




Posted in England

Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire

Blenheim Palace is a monumental country house situated in Woodstock, Oxfordshire, England. It is the principal residence of the Dukes of Marlborough, and the only non-royal non-episcopal country house in England to hold the title of palace. The palace, one of England’s largest houses, was built between 1705 and circa 1722. Blenheim Palace was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987.

What Need to Know About ….. Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire

  • The building of the palace was originally intended to be a reward to John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough, from a grateful nation for the duke’s military triumphs against the French and Bavarians during the War of the Spanish Succession, culminating in the 1704 Battle of Blenheim. However, soon after its construction began, the palace became the subject of political infighting; this led to Marlborough’s exile, the fall from power of his duchess, and lasting damage to the reputation of the architect Sir John Vanbrugh.
  • Designed in the rare, and short-lived, English Baroque style, architectural appreciation of the palace is as divided today as it was in the 1720s. It is unique in its combined use as a family home, mausoleum and national monument. The palace is also notable as the birthplace and ancestral home of Sir Winston Churchill.
  • Following the palace’s completion, it became the home of the Churchill, later Spencer-Churchill, family for the next 300 years, and various members of the family have wrought changes to the interiors, park and gardens. At the end of the 19th century, the palace was saved from ruin by funds gained from the 9th Duke of Marlborough’s marriage to American railroad heiress Consuelo Vanderbilt. The exterior of the palace remains in good repair.

Location of Blenheim Palace

Blenheim Palace sits at the edge of the picturesque town of Woodstock in Oxfordshire and is a 20 minute journey from the city of Oxford. The Palace is also within easy reach of central London and Birmingham.

Gallery of Blenheim Palace


Posted in Birmingham, England

Grand Central Station, Birmingham

Grand Central Station, is a train station and shopping centre located in Birmingham. It opened in 2015 as a much-needed redevelopment of the previously dilapidated train station. The original centre was built in 1971 and known as The Pallasades. The centre has been redesigned with a glass atrium roof as the centrepiece and is home to numerous shops and restaurants, with the main store being John Lewis.

What Need to Know About ….. Grand Central Central, Birmingham

  • By reshaping Birmingham’s existing 1960s station, it increased its capacity to 52 million passengers per year.
  • The undulating stainless-steel cladding added around the old station is based on the distorted shapes seen from moving trains.
  • Warped reflections of the train tracks and surrounding plaza are created by building’s curving form and reflective cladding.
  • Large “eye-shaped” screens have been integrated into the facade to mark the four main entrances.
  • Inside, the station is split over two levels, with the station on the ground floor and retail on both. The lower floor
  • The new vaulted roof sits on the columns of the original station building to enclose a public concourse and two tiers of shopping, including an AZPML-designed John Lewis department store with a glazed facade.

Location of Grand Central Station 

Grand Central is located in the heart of Birmingham city centre directly above Birmingham New Street Station. If travelling by Car on the M6, take exit at Junction 6 and then follow the A38 into Birmingham City Centre, you will see signs for Grand Central.

Purpose of Grand Central Station

Located in the heart of Birmingham City Centre, making it place to not only eat, drink, travel and shop but a common meeting place.

Gallery for Grand Central Station

Blog Posts of Grand Central Station

Top 10 Places to Eat and Drink in GCS

Top 10 Shops to Shop at in GCS

To find out more about Grand Central Station go on there website, click here.

Posted in Architecture, London


What makes London, London, is the fact that it is a melting pot of countries, cultures and communities. It’s diversity ranging from old dilapidated shacks to towering glass giants. The streets are even designed to acknowledge this amalgamation of eccentricity, twisting and turning, small and large, straight and windy. As I walk around the city and try to glide my way through, I am immediately submerged into a world that truly belongs to London. Nowhere else in Britain comes close. Look one-way history and hierarchy, the other millennials and millionaires.

Deep underground, in the pits of dirt and despair lurks the only suitable way around the city, speeding past at colossal speeds, rammed full of different colours, sizes and styles, spending minutes or hours in these deep dark dungeons. When I finally decide to venture to the top, a beacon of light and hope greets me, the surroundings are always the same, diversity.

From majestic banks to historical museums, industrial power stations to enigmatic train stations, giant super stores or independent shacks. The façades and its scale are equally diverse, from its cloud scaling glass towers, to its petite stone cathedrals, from its boulders of brutalist concrete to its original wooden structures. To pigeonhole London would be unfair, yes, it once was full of traditional buildings and the streets were paved with gold but the city is slowly changing, becoming a city of the future and this includes all the frills.

 As I look across the vast waters, I can see my reflection back at me as everywhere I turn is glass, a cold hard material or as a sign of symbolism, to come inside, welcome with open arms. One thing is for sure, the sudden influx of skyscrapers that have dominated the skyline, reverberating throughout the city, are definitely here to stay.

Buildings in London

Walkie Talkie

Neals Yard

Tower 42

National History Museum

Other Blog Posts About London





Posted in Birmingham

Beneath the Birmingham Facade

The train is where I start, a hub for an intergalactic spaceship with people toing and froing, the quick lunches being eaten by the hurried suits and packs of young and carefree. Up I descend and am hit with a range of smells, steaming hot pies, pho’s and pastries. Venturing around the corner and down a narrow indoor alley, again, packed with people, the angled lightning from above leading me. As I emerge from the dark, I enter a large airy space looking down I can see even more space and decide this is where I want to be. When I get there I am met with hordes of people and decide to continue on towards the exit, the middle of large, long people’s highway.

I turn and find in front of me, giant silver balls, cascading down uniformly. As I follow these they lead me to the towering church alongside a noise of hustle and bustle. Market traders and customers bargaining to get the best deal. The rejuvenation of this city is impeccable with its old and new sitting side by side.

Venture to the east and the same occurs, the giant golden concentric circles boxed on top of one another, beaming to welcome you in. As I escalated up to the top of the box I was met with a sanction of greenery. A few steps forward and I could see in the distance the towers and the construction workers. Immediately to the right, however, was a rather dull sight, miserable grey, a sign of history dilapidation. Change was occurring but not for all.

Stepping inside the dull grey and the same resonated. On the other side, this was a different story altogether. The sound of gentle streaming water began to gently please the ear. Standing in the middle of the bridge, and behind was the dull grey, underneath was the gentle water, to the left was a tunnel and streets, to the right, a meander with possibilities and in front rows of a hidden world. I decided to venture forward.

The red brick buildings each displayed a different message, some of the food, some of drink. Meandering on and a square emerged with clean linear buildings neatly placed and all centring around this square with coffee resonating from the middle and a gentle patter of water. To the left a tall tower, with beautiful trees, again all neatly lined up. A far world from where I started.



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