Posted in #, America, Architecture

Archtrove Travels To Chicago – The Home of Skyscrapers (and Pizza)

Chicago, nicknamed the Windy City, is true to its name, but it is so much more. Not only does it have the status of being the home of the first skyscraper, it also has character. Something you would not expect from a city that had historical buildings destroyed in a Great Fire and skyscrapers now overlord instead.

The Great Fire and Chicago

When fire strikes, nothing can hold and this was true to the case of Chicago. The whole of the downtown was destroyed and had to be rebuilt. Its historical building ceased to exist. Minus the Water Tower. In the middle of this new and modern city, sits a historical structure, a reminder. A reminder that through the struggle can come great beauty. The Water Tower is like something out of a gothic fairytale with its tall tower overlooking.  20180330_190216

Skyscrapers and Chicago

Along the river, which runs through central Chicago are indeed an abundance of skyscrapers, each trying to be outdone by the other. As this can be daunting when looking up, the use of glass is well done as it reflects the water from the river and makes everything calm again. Also, it does, however, make for a beautiful skyline.

Starchitects and Chicago

Every prominent American Architect seems to have had a hand in developing this city, building it from the rubble and testing out new ideas before going off to the big, big city. From various styles including modern and futuristic to traditional and clean cut. The rich history is also reflected by its monuments, such as The Bean.


The Bean and Chicago

When you see pictures of Chicago, you will most definitely end up seeing a picture of the Bean. A Giant metal bean, placed in the park. A simple design yet so effective. Not only is it accessible for all to admire, it has also become a great place to harmonise and take a selfie. A free souvenir for all. And all do descend upon it, old and young, men and wome, some making it a day out with a picnic, some making it part of the tourist trail.


Architectural Sites in Chicago

  • The Water Tower
  • Sears Tower
  • John Hancock Centre
Posted in England

Archtrove Travels To Nottinghamshire – Sherwood Forest and Wollaton Hall

Nottinghamshire is a county in the East Midlands of England, bordering South Yorkshire to the north-west, Lincolnshire to the east, Leicestershire to the south, and Derbyshire to the west

Nottingham in Nottinghamshire

Nottingham is a city in central England’s Midlands region. It’s known for its role in the Robin Hood legend and for the hilltop Nottingham Castle Museum and Art Gallery, rebuilt many times since the medieval era. In the Lace Market area, once the centre of the world’s lace industry, the Galleries of Justice Museum has crime-related exhibits. Wollaton Hall is an ornate Elizabethan mansion with gardens and a deer park.

History of Nottinghamshire

 Roman settlements are inevitable in this county, for example at Mansfield and forts such as at the Broxtowe Estate in Bilborough. However, there is evidence of Saxon settlement at the Broxtowe Estate, Oxton, near Nottingham, and Tuxford, east of Sherwood Forest. The name first occurs in 1016, but until 1568 the county was administratively united with Derbyshire, under a single Sheriff. In Norman times the county developed malting and woollen industries.

What To See in Nottinghamshire

It is famous for its involvement with the legend of Robin Hood. This is also the reason for the numbers of tourists who visit places like Sherwood Forest, City of Nottingham and the surrounding villages in Sherwood Forest. The ancestral home of the poet Lord Byron is also located here at Newstead Abbey,. It is now owned by Nottingham City Council and open to the public. As is the acclaimed author D. H. Lawrence, who was from Eastwood. Toton was the birthplace and home of English folk singer-songwriter Anne Briggs, well known for her song ‘Black Waterside’.


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Wollaton Hall

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Posted in Malaysia

Archtrove travels to Malacca

Architecture in Malacca

Malacca is Malaysia’s Historical City. Culturally and socially. Malacca boasts a history of port settlement and the result of some 600 years history has made Malacca a multicultural society and their presence is still very visible through the building heritage that is still standing. It is here in Malacca that one can still find buildings and monuments of historical significance where a very large number of splendid buildings and monuments demonstrating traditional Eastern and Western mixed architectural styles were built within the city wall.

Malacca has been through the ringer. Recently, it has capitalised in its illustrious history and assert itself as one of Malaysia’s tourist must see. This is all due to the fact that in the 15th century, Melaka was one of Southeast Asia’s greatest trading ports.

First were the Portuguese. Some of their original styles are remnant in today’s Malacca but most were destroyed by the Dutch, the second invaders. Located in Melaka, are the Stadthuys with its heavy wooden doors, thick red walls and wrought-iron hinges. It is a fine example of Dutch masonry and woodworking skills. Built between 1641 and 1660 it is believed to be the oldest buildings in the East.

Chinese in Malacca

In Malacca, Chinese architecture is of two broad types: traditional and Baba-Nyonya. Examples of traditional architecture include Chinese temples found throughout the country such as the Cheng Hoon Teng that dates back to 1646.

Many old houses especially those in Melaka and Penang are of Baba-Nyonya heritage, built with indoor courtyards and beautiful, colourful tiles.

Chinese and Western

A rare architectural combination of Chinese and Western elements is displayed by Melaka’s Terengkera mosque. Its pagoda-like appearance is a fine example of Chinese-influenced roof form, combined with Western detailing in its balustrades and railings.


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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.

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