Architecture

Architectural and engineering feats discovered through travel, ranging from the ancient ruins of Buddhist temples, to contemporary city skylines. We feature destinations that showcase the best architecture has to offer.

Architecture
Chapultepec Castle: A Mexico City Must-See
November 27, 2018
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Chapultepec Castle: A Mexico City Must-See
Perched on a leafy hilltop overlooking Mexico City, is Chapultepec Castle (Castillo de Chapultepec in Spanish). You won’t just be blown away by this magnificent estate, it’s luxurious interiors and sweeping views, but the incredible timeline of Mexican history it has witnessed.  Chapultepec Castle is the secret must-see of Mexico City.
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Eastern State Penitentiary – An Eerily Photogenic Experience
September 13, 2018
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Eastern State Penitentiary – An Eerily Photogenic Experience
Heavenly shards of sunlight hang from above, cutting through wafting dust particles and providing the kind of dramatic lighting effects that movie producers dream about. The peeling paint and missing wall panels expose the buildings wooden skeleton. Rusted fittings bring their own brand of once-was charm to the barely kept former prison. Look for things […]
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Casa Loma – The Toronto Castle on the Hill
June 28, 2018
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Casa Loma – The Toronto Castle on the Hill
This is the story of Canada’s father of hydroelectricity, and a gentleman possessed by the idea that a man’s home is his castle. Sir Henry Pellatt made a fortune dominating Toronto’s electricity supply and investing mercilessly in progress. From the Canadian Pacific Railroad to the North West Land Company, Sir Henry staked his career on […]
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Greenwood Great House – Jamaica’s Best Kept Secret
April 17, 2018
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Greenwood Great House – Jamaica’s Best Kept Secret
I had to do some mining for hidden Jamaican gems before I came across Greenwood Great House. I visited on good authority that the home’s original condition and furnishings make it a more interesting choice than other, better known great houses on the island. I was suitably impressed! Greenwood was built in 1780 by Richard […]
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Kawara: Decoding Roof Tiles of Japan
February 28, 2018
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Kawara: Decoding Roof Tiles of Japan
Kawara, traditional roof tiles of Japan, not only keep the rain out, they have personality, meaning and spiritual symbolism. You cannot travel to Japan without noticing the tidiness, attention to detail and deliberate use of design to improve the look of dull and everyday objects to create a beautiful living environment. Whether it is a carefully […]
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The Fullerton vs. Raffles: Tea Time Face-Off
February 5, 2018
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Fullerton Hotel vs. Raffles Hotel: Afternoon Tea Face-Off
Two historic colonial buildings battle head-to-head for the title of the ultimate Singapore afternoon tea venue. Armed with their best silverware, both put up a glorious, three-tiered contest of finger-food fantasia…but which location emerged triumphant?
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Art Moderne in Cleveland – Coast Guard Station #219
September 19, 2017
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Art Moderne in Cleveland – Coast Guard Station #219
During our first summer living in Ohio, we were invited to join new friends for an afternoon boating on Lake Erie. As we departed Whiskey Island Marina, a building on the shore caught my eye. A chalk-white lighthouse attached to a small complex of buildings in a minimalist art deco style. I didn’t have my […]
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Sorbet SoBe – Behind the South Beach Art Deco District
August 30, 2017
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Sorbet SoBe – Behind the South Beach Art Deco District
Financially and let’s face it, probably emotionally, cut-off by a clearly homophobic father, Leonard Horowitz arrived in Miami from New York in 1976 to live with his mum. This wasn’t his first trip to Miami, but it was the first time he intended to stay. Horowitz and his partner in pastel-painted crime, Barbara Capitman, bonded over a […]
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Classical Architecture 101 for Travellers Part 4 – Neoclassicism for Neophytes
July 11, 2017
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Classical Architecture 101 for Travellers Part 4 – Neoclassicism for Neophytes
Classical Architecture 101 is a four-part series for travellers, arming you with the basics of Classical and Neoclassical architecture for your urban adventures. Before you proceed, have you read Classical Architecture 101 for Travellers Part 1? If you haven’t, there is a chance that none of the following will make any sense to you and […]
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Classical Architecture 101 for Travellers Part 3 – Decoration & Symbolism
July 4, 2017
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Classical Architecture 101 for Travellers Part 3 – Decoration & Symbolism
Classical Architecture 101 for Travellers is a series arming curious wanderlusters with the essentials of Classical Architecture to enhance your cultural travel experience. In Part 3, we take a closer look at the decorative details used throughout Ancient Greece and Rome, many of which has persisted through time and evolving architectural movements. I began researching […]
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City Signatures: Chicago
June 27, 2017
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City Signatures: Chicago
I love getting to know a new city on foot. Every corner is a new mystery – a discovery waiting to happen. Though I can’t be accused of not doing my pre-departure research, I always leave a little to the gods of freestyling. This is because I like to take a location as I find […]
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Classical Architecture 101 for Travellers Part 2 – Ancient Structures
June 20, 2017
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Classical Architecture 101 for Travellers Part 2 – Ancient Structures
Whether you’re working out at the gym, watching a sports game in a stadium or attending the theatre, all roads lead to Ancient Greece and classical architecture. Then why not learn a little more about this concept that seems to be all around us? Classical Architecture 101 for Travellers is a series arming curious wanderlusters […]