Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Chiesa della Natività

Russian Orthodox Church of the Nativity by Michail Preobrazenskij, Via Leone X, Florence
Chiesa russa ortodossa della Natività (Russian Orthodox Church of the Nativity)
By Michail Preobrazenskij and Giuseppe Boccini, 1902
Via Leone X
Florence, May 2016

“Early donations from wealthy Russians in Florence, including major contributions by the Demidov princes of San Donato, pushed the project forward. Even so, there remained many funding difficulties to overcome before the church, which is designed in the northern Russian style, could be consecrated upon completion on October 26, 1903. The church in Florence houses many historic relics of the Russian Orthodox Church, including works by both Russian and Italian artists. Beautiful icons of the apostles, patron saints of the church and the passion of Christ cover the interior walls. These are hidden treasures for those lucky enough to enter the church when mass services are not being held. The two-level interior, which houses numerous historic artifacts, is a glimpse into the rich history of Russians who called Florence their home.”
(A monument in need, The Florentine)

Monday, May 30, 2016

Hay's Galleria

Hay's Galleria, Southwark, London
Hay's Galleria by Twigg Brown Architects
London Bridge City, Southwark
London, September 2015

“The easterly end of the site was developed as London Bridge City of which Hay's Galleria' forms part. The decision was made to retain the dock and to restore its tea and produce warehouses surrounding it to provide office accommodation and shops. The dock gates were permanently closed, the 'impounded' area of the dock was covered with a floor to the sill of the wharf-sides and the entire space was enclosed with a glass roof designed by the young architect Arthur Timothy while he worked with Michael Twigg Brown Architects. This scheme was implemented by Twigg Brown Architects as part of their masterplan for the renewal strategy.”
(Hay's Galleria, Wikipedia)

Sunday, May 29, 2016

The Boy Columbus

Colombo giovinetto, The Boy Columbus by Giulio Monteverde, Castello D'Albertis, Genoa
“Colombo giovinetto” (The Boy Columbus) by Giulio Monteverde, 1870
Castello D'Albertis
Montegalletto, Castelletto
Genoa, April 2016

Saturday, May 28, 2016


Bogenspannerin, Archer by Ferdinand Lepcke, Kolonnadenhof, Museumsinsel, Berlin
“Bogenspannerin” (Archer) by Ferdinand Lepcke, 1897
Kolonnadenhof (Sculpture garden)
Alte Nationalgalerie (Old National Gallery)
Museumsinsel (Museum Island)
Berlin, September 2011

Friday, May 27, 2016

Carlo & Oriana

The tugboat Carlo and the cruise ship Oriana, Giusecca Canal, Venice
The tugboat “Carlo” and the cruise ship “Oriana
Canale della Giudecca (Giudecca Canal)
Venice, September 2013

“MV Oriana is a cruise ship and ocean liner of the P&O Cruises fleet. The ship was built by Meyer Werft at their shipyard in Papenburg, Germany. At over 69,000 GT, Oriana is the seventh largest of eight ships currently in service with P&O Cruises. She officially entered service with the company in April 1995 and was named by Queen Elizabeth II. Oriana holds the Golden Cockerel as the fastest ship in the fleet. She is the oldest, and longest-serving, ship in the fleet.”
(MV Oriana, Wikipedia)

Thursday, May 26, 2016

La Justice Consulaire

La Justice Consulaire by Francisque Duret, Palais Brongniart, Place de la Bourse, Paris
“La Justice Consulaire” by Francisque Duret, 1852
Palais Brongniart or Palais de la Bourse
Place de la Bourse
Quartier Vivienne, 2e arrondissement
Paris, July 2012

See also: Cirque d'hiver - Saint Michel terrassant le démon

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Palazzo Doria-Tursi

The courtyard of Palazzo Doria-Tursi, Via Garibaldi, Genoa
The colonnaded courtyard of Palazzo Doria-Tursi
Via Garibaldi
Genoa, April 2016

“Since 1848 the seat of Genoa City Hall, this grand building (1565-79), also known as Palazzo Doria-Tursi, is conspicuous by its sheer size: the front is three times the length of the other buildings, an indication of the power wielded by Nicolò Grimaldi (the principal creditor of Philip II of Spain), who commissioned its construction. This imposing edifice, designed by Domenico and Giovanni Ponzello, has a magnificent colonnaded courtyard with double staircase leading to the upper loggia. Taddeo Carlone, who designed the impressive portal, was also involved in the decoration of the facade, which is enhanced by the color contrasts of white marble, pink stone and gray slate.”
(The Italian Riviera, Touring Club of Italy)

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

University of the Arts London

University of the Arts London, Granary Square, Camden, London
Outside the University of the Arts London
Granary Square, Camden
London, September 2015

Monday, May 23, 2016

Piazza De Ferrari

Piazza De Ferrari, Genoa
The square with its fountain
Piazza De Ferrari
Genoa, April 2016

“Piazza De Ferrari is the main square of Genoa. Situated in the heart of the city between the historical and the modern center, Piazza De Ferrari is renowned for its fountain, which was restored in recent years along with a major restyling of the square. Today next to Piazza De Ferrari are numerous office buildings, headquarters of banks, insurances and other private companies, making of this district the financial and business centre of Genoa, so that Genoeses popularly refer to it as the ‘City’ of Genoa.”
(Piazza De Ferrari, Wikipedia)

Sunday, May 22, 2016

King Vulture

King vulture, Zoologischer Garten, Zoological Garden, Hamburg
King vulture (Sarcoramphus papa)
Zoologischer Garten zu Hamburg
(Zoological Garden of Hamburg)
Hamburg, October 2002

“Large and predominantly white, the king vulture has gray to black ruff, flight, and tail feathers. The head and neck are bald, with the skin color varying, including yellow, orange, blue, purple, and red. The king vulture has a very noticeable yellow fleshy caruncle on its beak. This vulture is a scavenger and it often makes the initial cut into a fresh carcass. It also displaces smaller New World vulture species from a carcass. King vultures have been known to live for up to 30 years in captivity.”
(King vulture, Wikipedia)

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Via di Fossatello

Corner of Via di Fossatello with Via San Siro, Genoa
Corner of Via di Fossatello with Via San Siro
Seen from Via San Luca
Genoa, April 2016

Friday, May 20, 2016

Tour Cortina

Tour Cortina, Cortina Tower, Les Olympiades, Paris
104-meter Tour Cortina (Cortina Tower), 1974
Rue du Disque, Les Olympiades
Quartier de la Gare, 13th arrondissement
Paris, July 2010

“The eight tallest towers are each 104 metres (341 feet) tall and are named after cities that have hosted the Olympic games: Anvers (Antwerp), Athènes (Athens), Cortina, Helsinki, Londres (London), Mexico, Sapporo, and Tokyo. Other residential buildings, which are wider than they are tall, complete the district. The opening in June 2007, of the new Métro station at Les Olympiades, as part of the driverless hi-speed Metro line 14 running every 4 minutes, brought Les Olympiades residents and visitors to the Olympiades complex and its esplanade — shops, restaurants, apartments, and recreational facilities — within 11-14 minutes of Saint-Lazare, Madeleine, and Pyramides on the opposite side of Paris and 2–4 minutes from the new Cour Saint-Émilion entertainment centre and Bibliothèque Nationale François Mitterrand.”
(Les Olympiades, Wikipedia)

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Pane e Verdure

Pane e Verdure, Piazza delle Erbe, Genoa
“Pane e Salame” (Bread and Salami)
Corrected into “Pane e Verdure” (Bread and Vegetables)
Piazza delle Erbe
Genoa, April 2016

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

The Victoria Fountain

Drinking fountain erected by H.A. Darbyshire, Victoria Park, London
Drinking fountain by H.A. Darbyshire, 1862
Erected by Baroness Angela Burdett-Coutts
Victoria Park, Tower Hamlets
London, September 2015

“This pink marble, granite and stone drinking-fountain, with its distinctive cupola, ornamental slate roof, four clock-faces, Gothic arches, sculpted cherubs and inscriptions, was the gift of the wealthy philanthropist Angela Burdett-Coutts to the people who visited Victoria Park in the East End of London. The architect who designed it for her, H. A. Darbishire, was also the architect for the buildings of the charitable Peabody Trust. It is said to have cost £6000, a fortune in those days. No doubt this Victorian extravaganza (‘For the love of God and Country’) gave pleasure as well as clean drinking water to the poor East Enders enjoying the park, and perhaps also edification: it reminded them, for example, that ‘The earth is the Lord's and all that thereon is.’ It is astonishing to come upon now; but could the money have been better spent? Sadly, it has had to be fenced off, presumably to deter vandals.”

Tuesday, May 17, 2016


Neptune galleon, Ponte Calvi, Porto Antico (Old Port)
‘Neptune’ (galleon)
Ponte Calvi, Porto Antico (Old Port)
Genoa, April 2016

“The Neptune is a ship replica of a 17th-century Spanish galleon. The ship was built in 1985 for Roman Polanski's film Pirates, where she portrayed the Spanish ship of the same name. An accurate replica above the waterline, but sporting a steel hull and a 400 HP auxiliary engine, the Neptune is currently a tourist attraction in the port of Genoa, where its interior can be visited for a 5 euro entry fee. In 2011, she portrayed the Jolly Roger, the ship of Captain Hook, in the TV miniseries Neverland.”
(Neptune, Wikipedia)

Monday, May 16, 2016

July Column

Colonne de Juillet, July Column, place de la Bastille, Paris
“Le Génie de la Liberté” (The Spirit of Freedom), by Auguste Dumont, 1836
Colonne de Juillet (July Column), place de la Bastille
Quartier de la Roquette, 11th arrondissement
Paris, July 2010

“The July Column (Colonne de Juillet) is a monumental column in Paris commemorating the Revolution of 1830. It stands in the center of the Place de la Bastille and celebrates the Trois Glorieuses — the ‘three glorious’ days of 27–29 July 1830 that saw the fall of King Charles X of France and the commencement of the ‘July Monarchy’ of Louis-Philippe, King of the French. It was built between 1835 and 1840.”
(July Column, Wikipedia)

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Caterina Campodonico

Caterina Campodonico, the peanuts pedlar, by Lorenzo Orengo, Monumental Cemetery of Staglieno, Genoa
Caterina Campodonico, the peanuts pedlar, by Lorenzo Orengo, 1881
Porticato Superiore (Upper Arcade)
Cimitero monumentale di Staglieno, (Monumental Cemetery of Staglieno)
Genoa, April 2016

“On the left side, at the base of the inner staircase leading to the Upper Arcade (Porticato Superiore), we find one of the most famous monuments: the tomb of Caterina Campodonico, nicknamed ‘the peanuts pedlar’. As is evident from the representation, but also stated in the epitaph in Genoese dialect, recited in the first person, this is a woman of the people who used the money she earned by selling peanuts and doughnuts to have her own funerary monument built, while she was still alive, by one of the sculptors favoured by the bourgeoisie, Lorenzo Orengo (1881). This monument fits perfectly within the context of the period and represents it, with its realism, in the best possible way: in the same way as the rich bourgeois are portrayed with the symbols of the work that led to their success and social advancement (anchors, caduceus, gears, books ...), also the street vendor has herself portrayed with her goods. Note the care with which Orengo sculpted the typical dress of the woman, with fringes and lace, her hair and her gnarled and old hands, holding the doughnuts and strings of peanuts.”

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Viewing Platform

Viewing Platform, King's Boulevard / Goods Way, King's Cross, London
Viewing Platform (made of old shipping containers)
King's Boulevard / Goods Way, King's Cross
London, September 2015

“Though Central Saint Martins moved to their new buildings at Granary Square in 2011 and the new King's Cross concourse opened in Spring 2012, much of the area is still building site. In fact, it is one of the largest areas of urban redevelopment in Europe, as you can observe from a specially-installed viewing platform at the junction of King's Boulevard and Goods Way.”
(Climb the King's Cross Viewing Platform, Tired of London, Tired of Life)

Friday, May 13, 2016

From the Porto Antico

The city seen from the Porto Antico, Old Port, Genoa
The city seen from the Porto Antico (Old Port)
Genoa, April 2016

Thursday, May 12, 2016

The Fat Black Pussycat

The Fat Black Pussycat, West 3rd Street, New York
The Fat Black Pussycat (old version)
West 3rd Street, West Village
New York, September 2008

“The back room, hidden behind the curtain is a spectacular lounge. Oriental rugs, Moroccan lanterns and the remnants of the buildings original 1880’s windows (now bricked) set the tone. The music – choice selections from the greatest artists of Africa, the Caribbean, the Middle East, and the entire world – set the backdrop. And, if there’s ever a “best lounge seating” competition, this place will win. Antique couches, a full-on throne, and other plush places to plant yourself fill the large space, forming a variety of cozy conversation pits.”
(An Overview, The Fat Black Pussycat)

Wednesday, May 11, 2016


Immacolata by Pierre Puget (attributed), church of the Saints Cosma and Damian, Genoa
“Immacolata” (Immaculate) by Pierre Puget (attributed), 17th century
Chiesa dei Santi Cosma e Damiano
(Church of the Saints Cosma and Damian)
Vico dietro il coro di San Cosimo
Genoa, April 2016

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Soundbridge 2025

Soundbridge 2025, a time capsule to be opened in 2025, Granary Square, King's Cross, London
“Soundbridge 2025” (a time capsule to be opened in 2025)
Granary Square, King's Cross
London, September 2015

“On June 29th 2012 there was a ceremony at which the sound gift was publicly broadcast. They vinyl recording was then be placed in a time capsule and buried in a wall at the centre of the King’s Cross development area in Granary Square. The burial place was marked by a large blue plaque and all the names of the contributors cut out of steel and secured to the wall surrounding the plaque. The time capsule will not be re-opened until the building development is completed in 2025. The project was included in the London Festival of Architecture’s King’s Cross Focus weekend, from July 6-8th, 2012.”

Monday, May 9, 2016

The “Lanterna”

Lanterna, lighthouse, Rampa della Lanterna, port of Genoa
The 117-meter “Lanterna” (Lighthouse of Genoa)
Rampa della Lanterna
Genoa, April 2016

“It is built on the hill of San Benigno at some little distance from the Sampierdarena neighborhood. The cape on which the Lanterna stands was at one time a peninsula before the nearby coastline was filled in and reshaped. To the west, it marked the entrance to the original port of Genoa, today the Porto Antico. Over time, the hill on the cape assumed the name ‘Capo di Faro’, or ‘Lighthouse Cape’; it is also sometimes referred to as the cape of San Benigno, after the convent that once stood there. Today, the hill is gone save for a small rise upon which the lighthouse stands; the rest of it was removed to provide infill for other areas of the city.”
(Lighthouse of Genoa, Wikipedia)

Sunday, May 8, 2016


Pomone, square Léopold-Achille, Paris
“Pomone”, 1841 (recovered from the 1871 fire of the Hôtel de Ville)
Square Léopold-Achille
Quartier des Archives, 3e arrondissement
Paris, July 2009

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Church of San Matteo

Church of San Matteo, Piazza San Matteo, Genoa
Church of San Matteo (St. Matthew)
Piazza San Matteo
Genoa, April 2016

“The church was founded in 1125 by Martino Doria, as the private chapel of his family. In 1278 it was totally renewed in Gothic style. The building was again renovated in the mid-16th century by order of Andrea Doria, who commissioned the work to Giovanni Angelo Montorsoli (changes included the presbytery and the dome). It was further renovated in 1557–1559, under design by Giovanni Battista Castello (nave and aisles) and decoration, realized by Luca Cambiaso among the others.”
(San Matteo, Wikipedia)

Friday, May 6, 2016

The Shard & the Plane

Detail of The Shard with a plane,  London Bridge Street, London
A detail of The Shard with a passing plane
London Bridge Street, Southwark
London, September 2015

Thursday, May 5, 2016


Rack railway Principe-Granarolo, Granarolo hill, Genoa
Rack railway Principe-Granarolo, 1901
Granarolo hill, 220m above sea level
Genoa, April 2016

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Médiathèque Jean-Pierre Melville

Médiathèque Jean-Pierre Melville, Bibliothèque Marguerite Durand, rue Nationale / rue de Tolbiac, quartier des Olympiades, Paris
Médiathèque Jean-Pierre Melville, Bibliothèque Marguerite Durand
Rue Nationale / rue de Tolbiac
Quartier des Olympiades, 13th arrondissement
Paris, July 2005

“Jean-Pierre Grumbach was born in 1917 in Paris, France, the son of Berthe and Jules Grumbach. His family were Alsatian Jews. After the fall of France in 1940 during World War II, Grumbach entered the French Resistance to oppose the German Nazis who occupied the country. He adopted the nom de guerre Melville, after the American author Herman Melville, a favorite of his. Melville fought in Operation Dragoon. When he returned from the war, he applied for a license to become an assistant director but was refused. Without this support, he decided to direct his films by his own means, and continued to use Melville as his stage name. He became an independent film-maker and owned his own studio.” (Jean-Pierre Melville, Wikipedia)

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Chiesa del Gesù

Chiesa del Gesù e dei Santi Ambrogio e Andrea, Piazza Matteotti, Genoa
Chiesa del Gesù e dei Santi Ambrogio e Andrea
(Church of Jesus and Saints Ambrose and Andrew)
Piazza Matteotti
Genoa, April 2016

Monday, May 2, 2016

Namaste Shop

Namaste, Camden High Street, Camden Town, London
Namaste, Camden High Street
Camden Town
London, September 2016

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Castello d'Albertis

Castello d'Albertis, D'Albertis Castle, Castelletto, Genoa
Castello d'Albertis (D'Albertis Castle) by Alfredo D'Andrade, 1892
Montegalletto, Castelletto
Genoa, April 2016

“D'Albertis designed the castle in the styles as and architectural collage with a Gothic revival appearance inspired by palaces in Florence and castles of Aosta Valley. Erected between 1886 and 1892 under the supervision of Gothic Revivalist Alfredo D'Andrade, the castle is located on the site of a 13th-century fortified area, which had been reinforced in the 16th century. Alberto not only based his design on the city's foundation, he incorporated and preserved the foundations of the bastion and one of the turrets. Inaugurated for the celebrations of 400 years of Columbus' discover of America, it was the first villa-castle built in Genoa. From top of the hill of Monte Galletto (or Montegalletto), one of the hills in the district of Castelletto, the castle dominates Genoa with a view of the Ligurian Sea.”
(Albertis Castle, Wikipedia)