The Dinosaur Court

London’s fantastical Victorian bestiary of prehistoric creatures remains awe inspiring despite its age A few years ago, I spent a morning in south London, looking for the beautiful remains of Crystal Palace – one of the grand feats of engineering that epitomised the Victorian era. Joseph Paxton, the renowned Victorian gardener and architect, was behind… Read More

Eternal Youth: The workers’ settlement at Aspra Spitia

Aluminium of Greece (AL) was launched in 1960 as a joint venture between the government of Greece and an industrial conglomerate led by the historic French firm Pechiney, a world leader in aluminium manufacturing. As a result, the first aluminium production facility in the country opened on the northern coast of the Corinthian Gulf in… Read More

An Ideal for Learning : the Round School at Athens

Agios Dimitrios, (often referred to with its pre-1928 name, Brahami) is one of the most densely populated suburbs of Athens – a density that’s comparable to that of Cairo, or Seoul. The typical expedience and maladministration that characterised post-war Greece has left its indelible mark in the suburb’s architecture: its arbitrarily arranged streets define pocket… Read More

Sacred Inspiration : the Church of Agia Foteini Mantineias

In the sunlit Arcadian plain close to the ancient city of Mantineia in Greece, there’s a church like no other. It’s an astonishing melange of styles, combining elements of Classical, Byzantine and Modern architecture, and yet remaining true to none. Its construction is the life’s work of architect and iconographer Kostas Papatheodorou, who has delivered… Read More

Second Chance Motel : rediscovering a hidden architectural gem by the motorway

“Blue hotelOn a lonely highwayBlue hotelLife don’t work out my way” Blue Hotel (1986) by Chris Isaac An unassuming old motel next to a motorway outside Athens is an almost forgotten Brutalist gem with a glorious past. In its heyday, the main motorway linking the greater metropolitan area of Athens to the city of Corinth… Read More