Timelapse: The noisy building works on Blackfriars rd #2

Link to Timelapse #1 here.

I still wake up from unpleasant construction noise almost every morning. It is progressing quite quickly, but I doubt I will be able to get a quiet morning sleep anytime in the next year or so. Here is a timelapse of the construction over the past two months.


P.S.: This post will be updated with new pictures every month.



Timelapse: The noisy building works on Blackfriars rd

Four months ago I moved into a new flat in Manchester (well, it is actually across the river in Salford). The place seemed great and I was really happy with my choice until I was woken up by construction noise on a Monday morning. How did I fail to see the massive construction site just outside my window before I rented the flat?!

The noise kept waking me up every single day, including weekends. It was driving me crazy until I decided to try and think positively about the situation. As an architectural assistant I don’t get to go on site enough and spend most of my time in front of a screen. Therefore, I decided to observe, analyse and learn from the construction outside my window.

Now I regard the construction noise as my alarm in the morning. My morning routine includes gazing through the window for five minutes and taking a picture of the site each day. Here is an animation showing the construction in progress:


P.S.: This post will be updated with new pictures every month.

Happy 25th anniversary, Seville Expo ’92

On this day 25 years ago Seville welcomed the world for Expo 1992. Happy anniversary!

The Andalusian capital will mark the occasion with a series of events. King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia will pay a visit to the city to give an official start to the festivities.

The two royals attended the original opening 25 years ago. 112 countries were represented at the event on the island of La Cartuja between April and October 1992. The national pavilions were supposed to be temporary, scheduled for demolition shortly after the event. However, most structures were never taken down. Today some of them are abandoned, while others accommodate tech and science companies.

Big City Little Monkey will mark the occasion with some pictures from the beautifully decaying site of Expo ’92.

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The hidden patios of Seville, photoessay

Seville’s building fabric is pierced by numerous patios. These courtyards are easy to spot on satellite photos. As a passive solution to the extreme heat, they are typical not only for palaces and public buildings but also to all residential blocks.

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Aerial photo of Seville and its patios | Source:Google Maps

Here are some Instagram pictures of the most beautiful courtyards I encountered during my 3-month stay in Seville.

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Adios Sevilla, it has been a pleasure

It is time for me to say goodbye to this amazing city. It has been an absolute pleasure and I hope to return sometime soon.

Above is a selection of photos from Seville. Most of them have been taken at the Expo ’92 site. While the historic areas of the city are amazingly beautiful, the neglected Expo site became an obsession of mine over the last 3 months. I intend to do more research into Expo sites around the world soon.

A – Italian Pavillion, Expo ’92
D – Torre Triana, Expo ’92
I  – Sevilla Tower
O – View form Italian Pavillion towards Sevilla Tower, Expo ’92
S – Logo of Sevilla

PS: I will keep on posting about Seville as there is so much more to say about this exciting and beautiful city. Expect some city guides and tips as well.

Tiles of Alcazar, photoessay

As Michael Schuermann says in an article for the Huffington Post, Seville is ‘the city of tiles’. 

Beautifully ornamented azulejos cover not only the walls of palaces and churches, but also the sides of bars and restaurants, the corridors of residential buildings and quite often the undersides of balconies. Tiles also serve as signage or as charming finish for stone benches.

This photo essay focuses on Alcazar – the royal palace in Seville, and offers a glimpse of the ceramic tiles that adorn its courtyards and cloisters. Most patterns are inspired by Islamic geometric motifs. Take a look after the break.

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Colourful cities on Instagram

I recently followed Ramin Nasibov on Instagram and his profile quickly became my new favourite architecture photo feed. It is beautifully vibrant and brings a lot of colour to my day. You can check out his profile here.

Ramin Nasibov currently has over 200k followers and has been featured in a Guardian article. He finds and highlights pockets of colour in our grey cities, thus providing a refreshingly vibrant outlook on everyday architecture.

The pictures are simple, symmetrical and colourful. There are rarely perspective shots, with most photographs showing elevation views of buildings or building elements. Colours are enhanced (I think) and lines are straightened, but these are common practices. Looking for inspiration  for my own Instagram feed, I tried to understand what made Nasibov’s pictures stand out. I realised the sky on all of them was in a consistent shade of blue without any gradient that in combination with the other bright colours made the images look less realistic and somewhat abstract. Of course, what makes the pictures truly stand out is talent and vision.

I like cloudy skies and sunsets too much and would not follow Nasibov’s strategy in my new Instagram profile which you can check out here. Follow Coconut’s journey in Spain.