Category Archives: Architecture

August 9, 2019

The Baffling Origin of London Stone

As architects began reconstructing the city, surveyors found that much like an iceberg, the visible stone was only a small portion of a much larger structure. The ‘root’ of the stone extended around 3m down into the earth. It could have been “a kind of Obelisque,” noted Robert Hooke, from the Royal Society, the UK’s science academy, at the time of excavation.

June 10, 2018
December 27, 2017
July 7, 2016

Canned designs: Airborne at King’s Cross

Urban planning is full of ‘what ifs’: designs for future cities that never materialised. In the final instalment of our series, Christopher Beanland looks at an unlikely elevated airport in central London.

It’s quite obvious why this plan was rejected, but it’s fascinating to read about nonetheless.

March 18, 2015

Al Pacino’s 'Scarface' home on sale for $34M

The Montecito, Calif., mansion (named El Fureidis) where mobster Tony Montana (Al Pacino) and Elvira Hancock (Michelle Pfeiffer) tied the knot in “Scarface” is up for grabs.

The 10-acre property — which boasts four bedrooms, nine bathrooms and 360-degree views of the lavish grounds and Pacific Ocean from its rooftop — is selling for a mere $34 million.

I tried to come up with a good joke related to the film, but I got nothing.

(via kottke.org)

January 29, 2015

Charming cinemas in London

I recognised almost none of these. The The Rooftop Cinema Club and The Screen on the Green are my favourites.