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    I love to discover architecture, from big to small, where ever I am. Of all the spaces I have personally experienced, these are my favorites. When I started this blog, I lived in Amsterdam where I was really enjoying the Dutch’s wealth of built history, especially their love of cantilevers. Now I’m back in sunny California- searching for inspiration.

    Books I love:
    – The Boxman, by Kobo Abe
    – Steppenwolf, by Herman Hesse
    – The Tao of Physics, by Fritjof Capra

    My references for architecture while traveling:
    http://www.galinsky.com/
    MIMOA
    – any of the domus mobile iPhone apps

    A special thanks to Henning, whose photos are sometimes contributed here.

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Miami: Pérez Art Museum (PAMM)

No doubt in my mind that Herzog & de Meuron are my top 3 favorite list of contemporary architecture firms. So, so consistently interesting and thoughtful. My second stop of the day, after visiting Vizcaya– a building from a completely different era. What makes this building extraordinary I feel is the urban planning that is … Continue reading

Miami: Vizcaya

On my journey to Miami, I did a lot of research- A LOT. From planning for Miami Music Week to where to eat, it was a bucket list trip. I already knew that I wanted to see the infamous garage by Herzog and de Meuron- little did I know Miami would be a wealth of … Continue reading

Barcelona: La Sagrada Familia

Undoubtedly Gaudi’s most famous work- perpetually under construction. Even after my return to Barcelona more than 10 years late, the work is either being built or restored. The scale of this effort is breathtaking. The photo above and below only starts to capture the grandeur of the experience. I’m not sure why I decided to … Continue reading

Barcelona: La Pedrera

La Pedrera is my favorite of the Gaudi buildings we went to visit in Barcelona. The exterior is quite unassuming, especially when compared to his other works. There’s the fluidity in the facade, but none of the tile work that often accompanies his work. I don’t know if there’s access to any of the interior … Continue reading

Barcelona: Casa Batlló

Please note, deliciousness close by! Tapas 24… I’m almost sure that Casa Batlló was under renovation when we went to visit that summer. There are many pictures of the interior which I think we were not able to access somehow. Or maybe we were too poor to pay entry and decided to save our money. … Continue reading