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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Posted in Tunisia

Archtrove Travels To Tunis – The Paris of North Africa

My visit to Tunis was brief. A day trip from the city of Hammamet in which we were staying and therefore was only able to do a whistle-stop tour.

Badou Museum, Tunisia

In that time we visited the Badou Museum. The museum is the second largest in Africa after the Cairo Museum. Inside the building hosts a number of exhibitions about the history of Tunis and some of its neighbouring African countries.

But the most inspiring is its building. With beautiful traditional design adorned to match Tunisian culture and style. With a hint of opulence.

Architecture in Tunis

Islamic architecture and Roman architecture are expressed in various buildings in Tunisia. The medina of Tunis is World Heritage Site of UNESCO and is a typical example of Islamic architecture. Given the cosmopolitan nature of cities in Tunisia, they have retained a diversity and juxtaposition of styles. Many buildings were designed by many different architects, artisans and entrepreneurs during the French protectorate.

Cathedrale of Tunis

Posted in Pakistan

Mughal to Middle-east – 10 Multani Architecture

1) Multani Architecture

2) Multan is a Pakistani city located in the Punjab province, located on the banks of the Chenab River.

3) Multani architecture is dotted with a multitude of Sufi mysticism and dozens of shrines. The city was also a travellers hub as a passage from India to the rest of the middle-east.

4) It was also believed to have been conquered by Alexander the Great in 326 BCE but none of the current architecture reflects this.

5)Multani Architecture and its Location

6) Its location was ideal for travellers alike, as an easy access to modern-day India and the Western world, it provided at times sanction, battlegrounds and market trades.

7) Also, it was situated near a major river, included a walled city and once, a royal citadel. Sadly, this was lost due to being destroyed by the British, however, the remains are still prominent in the city.

10) It is now home to a multitude of caracombs of bazaars and alleyways, situated in its walled city. Large brick walls reinforced by wooden anchors, with inward sloping roofs.Funerary architecture is also reflected in the city’s residential quarters, which also display elements of Multani mausolea.

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