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The Architecture Travel Guide to Warsaw, Poland

Warsaw was not what I expected, in terms of Architecture, in terms of food, in terms of everything. Yes, there are still huge concrete buildings to reflect its past but there are also beautiful colourful buildings and ornate architecture one would not associate with Poland. The grey and grim city it once was is no longer the place it is today.

Warsaw and its History

Warsaws tallest and most controversial building is its Cultural Centre, a gift from Stalin. Apart from its checkered background, it does, however, act as a centre point, a site for tourism and a stunning view up top making it a skyscraper to compete with. A symbol of change for the city.20171125_104738(1).jpg

Across the city, you can see numerous types of architecture periods popping up, from gothic to renaissance, to classical and baroque. Along the main road, which is pedestrianised, Krakowskie Przedmiescie, it is easy to see these styles, whilst taking a picture or two.

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Warsaw and its Colour

As you walk into the city centre you are met with a burst of colour. An array of colour awash all around you, bright reds, yellows, blues and greens bursting from the shops, enticing you, almost like pastel sweets.  These buildings were once grey and grim and represented communist Warsaw, but in order to change the negativity associated with the regimented way, pastel is the way forward.20171125_114346(1).jpg

Warsaw and Modernity

Warsaws most modern building has to be the Jewish Museum, the Polin. Built in the ghetto of Warsaw stands this iconic and stand-alone building. A mark for a change that has come to Warsaw.

It is no surprise that the most ornate structures would be that of its palaces, churches and educational establishments. displaying a richness of colour and architectural details.

Posted in Architecture, Birmingham, England

5 Buildings That Send Archtrove To Historical Birmingham

Birmingham, as a city has been around for a long time and therefore is no surprise has many historical buildings.

  1. Winterbourne House and Gardens

Winterbourne House and Garden are situated in leafy Edgbaston near the University of Birmingham. It is an early Edwardian 20th-century villa suburban house and garden set in 7 acres. A Grade II listed building, it has housed prominent families and has been known for its illustrious gardens.

2. Black Country Museum

An open-air museum based in Dudley, consisting of 26 acres of historic buildings including a former railway goods yard, canal arm, former coal pits and rebuilt historical buildings. Great for teaching children about the Victorian age what life would have been like.

3. Birmingham Art Gallery and Museum

This Victorian Baroque Museum, is a Grade II listed city centre landmark building housing over 40 galleries with collections, both locally and internationally, ranging from art to history. It first opened in 1885 and has since been famous for its Pre-Raphaelite paintings, the largest public collection in the world. It also reflects on local Birmingham history.

4. Soho House Museum

Soho House is a Grade II* listed 18th-century house in Handsworth. It was the home of Matthew Boulton until his death in 1809. It has now been restored and is now a museum, run by Birmingham Museums Trust, celebrating Boulton’s life and collection. It houses a collection of ormolu, silver, furniture and paintings.

5. Blakesley Hall

Blakesley Hall is a grade II* listed Tudor building in Yardley. It is one of the oldest buildings in Birmingham and is a typical example of Tudor architecture with the use of darkened timber and wattle-and-daub infill, with an external lime render which is painted white. The hall became a museum in 1935 after centuries of use as a private home and its parlour was renovated. Its purpose was to display the history of the local medieval manors which comprise Birmingham.

6. Selly Manor

Selly Manor is a timber cruck-framed, 14th-century building, in England, dating back to at least 1327. Originally the manor house of the village of Bournbrook in Worcestershire, it was relocated to the nearby Bournville district in the early 20th century. It is now operated as a museum and venue for functions including weddings, for which it is licensed. It houses the Laurence Cadbury furniture collection.

7. Highbury Hall

Highbury is a Grade II* listed building, was commissioned as his Birmingham residence by Joseph Chamberlain in 1878. It received its name from the Highbury area of London, where Chamberlain lived as a child. The house incorporates much terracotta decoration. Adjacent to the house was Chamberlain’s famous orchid houses. The gardens were magnificent and included a lake.

8. Council Hall

The Birmingham City Council House is located in Victoria Square in the city centre and is a Grade II* listed building. The side of the building, which faces Chamberlain Square, is the entrance and façade of the Museum and Art Gallery which is partly housed in the same building. It provides office accommodation for both employed council officers, including the Chief Executive, and elected council members, plus the council chamber, Lord Mayor’s Suite, committee rooms and a large and ornate banqueting suite, complete with minstrel’s gallery. The first-floor’s exterior balcony is used by visiting dignitaries and victorious sports teams, to address crowds assembled below.

9. St Philips Cathedral

The Cathedral Church of Saint Philip is the Church of England cathedral and the seat of the Bishop of Birmingham. Built as a parish church and consecrated in 1715, St Philip’s became the cathedral of the newly formed Diocese of Birmingham in 1905. St Philip’s was built in the early 18th century in the Baroque style by Thomas Archer and is located in Colmore Row, Birmingham, England. The cathedral is a Grade I listed building.

  1. Birmingham University

The University of Birmingham is a public research university located in Edgbaston. The main campus of the university occupies a site some 3 miles south-west of Birmingham city centre, in Edgbaston. It is arranged around Joseph Chamberlain Memorial Clock Tower. Chamberlain may be considered the founder of Birmingham University and was largely responsible for the university gaining its Royal Charter in 1900 and for the development of the Edgbaston campus. The university’s Great Hall is located in the domed Aston Webb Building. The initial 25-acre site was given to the university in 1900 by Lord Calthorpe.

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Posted in Architecture, Birmingham, England

Archtrove Travels To Hidden Birmingham – the gems of the city

Like with all cities, Birmingham has hidden areas that are not obvious but are just as beautiful and just as much a must to visit when visiting Birmingham. These define what is Birmingham and are truly hidden gems.

1. Jeweller Quarter

Historically, the heart of the jewellery industry, hence its name, now an up and coming area with numerous independent shops. Hidden within walking distance of the centre of Birmingham, it is fast becoming the hot spot for young people. However, jewellery is still very much at the heart of it.

2. Custard Factory

The Custard Factory is an independent shopping destination and creative and digital business workspace location in Digbeth. Located on the site of what was the Bird’s Custard factory in the industrial district of Digbeth, it is now home to a thriving working community of creative & digital businesses, independent shops and cafes and bars. They include hundreds of small and medium-sized businesses.

3. Gas Street Basin

Gas Street Basin is a canal basin in the centre of Birmingham, where the Worcester and Birmingham Canal meets the BCN Main Line. It is also situated near high-end restaurants, shops and bars. Nestled between, are new development flats and luxury apartments.

4. Bourneville

Bournville is a model village on the south side of Birmingham best known for its connections with the Cadbury family and chocolate. Full of a chocolate box housing and is designed as a cute quaint village atmosphere.

5. Sutton Coldfield

The Royal Town of Sutton Coldfield, lies 7 miles from the centre of Birmingham. It is an affluent suburban town with millionaire mansions and a sought after area in terms of housing. As a result, it has redeveloped the town and now includes a multitude of independent shops and cafes. One of its main features is its large park and ample green spaces.

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