Posted in #, Architecture, Brussels

Archtrove Travels To Belgium – Chocolate and More

Belgium Architecture

Belgium architecture like most of Europe is known for its conquests and its occupiers, predominantly, the French and the Dutch so expect beautifully coloured buildings, finesse and style everywhere you turn.

As a pinnacle centre for science and the arts, it has been known for its riches and these have seen investment into its architecture and hence the styles of the late 1800s and early 1900s are still around. Its most predominant styles are Art Deco and Art Nouveau buildings. These types of buildings are scattered all over the city.

Victor Horta

Victor Horta was a famous designer, known throughout Europe for his contemporary architectural constructions and now you can see his influence and his work in the city.

Brussels

the capital and home to the European Parliament, with a whole area dedicated to government buildings, hosts a variety of areas each with its own distinct feature.

The city centre also hosts a multitude of comic book characters depicted on the wall.

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Find out more about Brussels here.

Bruges

the UNESCO chocolate box style architecture is dotted around in this small but tightly packed city. Rich and preserved architectural gems scatter alongside the canals making the entire city a walking history tour.

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Find out more about Bruges here.

 

Posted in #, Architecture, Birmingham, England

15 Reasons Why Archtrove Travels To Birmingham

Birmingham, the second-largest city in England is often overlooked even though it has some of the best things to see and do which include, the home to Lord of The Rings, Cadburys Factory and the Industrial Revolution.

Most of the city’s architecture is relatively new, and expansion over the last 10 years has allowed some much-needed development to take place and that included some innovative suggestions including the first blobitecture to happen in the shape of the Selfridges building. It is also home to some iconic traditional buildings such as the Custard factory, Cadburys World and Birmingham University (including the Tower inspo in Lord of the Rings).

1) SELFRIDGES/BULLRING

One of the most iconic buildings in Birmingham (which has put it on the Architectural map) is the Selfridges building with its blobitecture with *THOSE* iconic round circles.

@fauxee

2 BIRMINGHAM LIBRARY

The Library of Birmingham is one of the most recent iconic buildings to define the city. With its striking circular facade, impressive interior and the largest library in Europe, its no wonder it is one of the best sites to see outside of London.

@timcornbill

3) CUSTARD FACTORY

An independent shopping destination and creative and digital business workspace location in Deritend Birmingham, England. Located on the site of what was the Bird’s Custard factory.

@shendergram

4) LORD OF THE RINGS TOWER/BIRMINGHAM UNIVERSITY

The Tower at the University was the inspiration for the Twin Towers in the JRR Tolkien books. The tower is still standing and has been for some time.

@lucy.burger

5) MAILBOX

A recent development comprising of shops and restaurants. This was the former site of the post office hence the name.

@oonamac

6) GRAND CENTRAL STATION
Designed by a Spanish architect, the grand central station replaces the old new street station. The revamp includes new eateries and shops.

 

7) BIRMINGHAM CATHEDRAL

Set in pigeon park, the cathedral is a monument to behold. People gather to sit in the park and centre themselves around the cathedral.

@joehortonglover

8) TOWN HALL

Birmingham Town Hall is a Grade I listed concert hall and venue for popular assemblies opened in 1834 and situated in Victoria Square.

@bowdermusic

9) THE CUBE

A 25 storey mixed-use development in the centre of Birmingham, England. It contains 135 flats, offices, shops, a hotel and a ‘skyline’ restaurant.

@amy.eliza.photography

10) GAS STREET BASIN

Gas Street Basin is a canal basin in the centre of Birmingham, England, where the Worcester and Birmingham Canal meets the BCN Main Line.

@timcornbill

11) MILLENIUM POINT

Millennium Point is a multi-use meeting complex in Birmingham. The building is constructed mainly as a cuboid, with a cylindrical offshoot holding the cinema. This annexe glows different colours at night.

@mohammedali6561

12) WINTERBOURNE HOUSE

Winterbourne Botanic Garden is the botanic garden of the University of Birmingham. Set in 7 acres, it is notable as a rare surviving example of an early 20th-century high-status suburban “villa” garden.

@sovictoria_

13) SELLY MANOR

Selly Manor is a timber-framed building in Bournville, that was moved to its current site in 1916 by the chocolate manufacturer and philanthropist George Cadbury.

@nainokhook

14) ASTON HALL

Aston Hall is a magnificent seventeenth-century red-brick mansion situated in a public park on the north side of Birmingham.

@edjames1

15) VICTORIAN LAW COURTS

The Victoria Law Courts is a Grade I listed red brick and terracotta building. The interior, including the Great Hall, is faced with sandy-yellow terracotta and intricate ornamentation.

@p.ret.zel

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