Category Archives: Ideas That Come Alive

8 Futuristic Museums

Hi everyone, I hope you are all keeping okay. This Sunday is Mother’s Day, so happy Mother’s Day to all the Mothers out there, but I would like to especially welcome my own daughter to her very first Mother’s Day, as she became a mother herself this year to a beautiful baby boy, but my heart does break that I have not been able to see him or my daughter in person, I didn’t even get to see her through her pregnancy, but I am looking forward to the day that I can get to hug them without this pandemic hanging over our heads.

Anyways on with this week post. Today I am doing about futuristic museums that consists of contemporary art from around the world, this post involves everything that I love all wrapped nicely together, such as museums, art, all tied together by the beautiful and unusual architecture. I love going to museums, art galleries and have become such a fanatic where beautiful and extremely different architecture is concerned, it could be, where the artist in me comes out

8 Futuristic Museums of Contemporary Art around the World

Each museum is special in their own way, whether it’s through their architectural exterior or their unique Interior to even what they house, but whatever it is they are admired by many experts, and people alike, from all around the world. These stunning museums offer you both cultural and architectural experience. Gone are the everyday buildings and now you have the more up to date museums that are more advanced than the run of the mill ones. I am not knocking the older ones as if it were not for them I would not of got my thirst for art and its history..

Famous architects of our generation come out to compete, so they can get to design futuristic architects and standout one of a kind architecture museum, from the likes of Oscar Niemeyer, Jean Nouvel, MVRDV, Santiago Calatrava, these are just a few of the names that had contributed to bringing you out of this world architecture.

Niterói Contemporary Art Museum, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

The Niterói Contemporary Museum is in the city of Niterói and has stunning views that look across Guanabara Bay and Sugarloaf Mountain. There is a wide access area that takes you up into the lobby of the museum and into the Hall of Expositions and has a capacity for sixty people to be in there at one time, whilst in there why not explore the works of art by Jorge Duarte, Lygia Clark, and so many more. There are two doors that lead to the viewing gallery, where you can see the Guanabara Bay. The design of this structure has a futuristic feat which was designed by none other than their very own Brazilian Architect Oscar Niemeyer. This building was designed in the shape of a saucer that is likened to a UFO and is set on the cliffside overlooking the Guanabara Bay and Sugarloaf Mountain. that gives it a more stunning look.

Louvre, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

The Louvre Museum is designed by Jean Nouvel, features a stainless-steel aluminium dome that is surrounded by water. giving it an idyllic setting on the island of Saadivat and is inspired by the Arab architectural culture designed as “a city museum on the sea” that includes 50 buildings. When the sun beams down onto the dome, light beams through the dome in the form of a star shaped pattern. This took eight years to construct and is the largest art museum in the Arabian Peninsula. The Louvre Abu Dhabi promotes the Western art spread throughout 23 galleries that are either owned by or on loan to the UAE that includes an 1877 self-portrait of Van Gogh, Jacques-Louis David’s famous portrait of Napoleon crossing the Alps on a white horse, 1877 Monet’s painting of the Saint-Lazare railroad station, and 1922 Mondrian’s Composition with Blue, Red, Yellow and Black.

Comic and Animation Museum, Hangzhou, China

When you first look at the museum it looks like a cluster of oversized eggs that is speckled in red, but it is so much more to what it appears to be, it is a fitting masterpiece, for housing the Comic and Animation Museum. This was designed to represent speech bubbles for its eight interconnected parts which fulfils every comic book lovers’ fantasy. Children’s comics have grown to be a more sophisticated art form, and this is every artist dream as everyone tries to compete to be the best and more artistic, in bringing their work to life. Each speech bubble has a specific entrance; education, cinemas/theatre, a massive comic book library, and an interactive exhibition area. This museum was created by MVRDV.

Museum of the Future, Dubai, UAE

This museum is adding a unique architectural structure to the Dubai skyline that was designed by architect Shaun Killa as it has now joined the ranks of the likes of Burj Khalifa and Dubai Frame with its seven floors of exhibitions, that as a calligraphy style steel frame. This museum takes it to a whole other level as parts of this building was created by robots, which gives you an insight into what the future will look like. Visitors will get to experience the technologies from the future and get a glance at what will be the next big technology of the 21st century. This museum explores the future of science and technology.

Museu do Amanha, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Museu do Amanha or the “Museum of Tomorrow” is a magnificent and captivating architecture and is one that entices you to come and have a look around its beautiful structure was created by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava and is situated at the far side of the Praça Maua’ near the harbour. This museum is a cultural place housing exhibition that addresses the future of the planet. Its unusual architectural design with a cantilevering roof gives you the impression of wings on either end, but it is influenced by the local Brazilian culture along with Calatrava’s reference point, which is the biology of birds. The museum gives you panoramic views of Guanabara Bay and Sao Bento Monastery. This museum is over two levels while retaining as much space as possible and houses’ both short-term and long-term exhibits, with the permanent being on the upper floor.

National Museum of Qatar, Doha, Qatar

The National Museum was designed by Jean Nouvel resembles a bunch of flying saucers that as crashed to the ground all in the same spot, they are made up of interlocking discs, that offers its international visitors a look into its dialogue of rapid change and modernization. Its visitors have been at the heart and centre of this museums’ vision and its development. Everyone who visits the National Museum of Qatar are given an all-round and captivating experience, it doesn’t matter what age you are, the experience is still the same, delving into knowledge of their nation’s history and its people. The story will unfold across eleven compelling galleries as it tells their stories.

Soumaya Museum, Mexico City, Mexico

The Soumaya Museum was created by architectural firm FR-EE (Fernando Romero Enterprise) which is now one of Mexico City’s most striking landmark, with a magnificent eclectic collection of nearly 70,000 objects ranging from the 15th to the mid-20th century that is housed over its nine floors. A skin of 16,000 hexagonal tiles of mirrored steel, that reference the colonial ceramic tiled structure, which gives the museum its diverse appearance. Soumaya was designed by Fernando Romero an architect that is renowned for his stunning designs. This museum contains exhibition spaces, a library, a bookshop, storage areas, offices, a café/restaurant, and a 320-seat auditorium. All spaces that are dedicated to the public will be connected by a spiral ramp which begins as soon as you enter the lobby that goes all the way up to the open floor gallery which sees daylight coming through. The collection consists of European old masters, Auguste Rodin and European sculpture of the 19th and 20th centuries, Mesoamerican art, 19th century Mexican portrait painting, Mexican art of the 20th century, and Impressionism and avant-garde art, there is also, miniature jewellery, coins. Including notable works from the likes of Edgar Degas, Auguste Rodin, Pablo Picasso, Vincent van Gogh, Salvador Dalí, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, the list is endless

Coming Soon…

Lucas Museum of Narrative Art, Los Angeles, US

Lucas Museum of Narrative Art was founded by Philanthropist and filmmaker George Lucas and his wife Mellody Hobson.  The Lucas museum will inspire all generation through its Universal Visual storytelling. This museum when completed is scheduled to open in 2023 which will present itself in exhibitions that will bring visual storytelling to its fullest richness and complexity. It will give you learning opportunities and will enable all ages to explore diverse forms of narrative art. This is designed by renowned architect Ma Yansong and is under construction in Los Angeles’ Exposition Park. This museum will feature galleries that will showcase the 10,000-piece collection of George Lucas’ memorabilia, which will include The Star Wars Franchise and it will also have state of the art cinematic theatre’s,

Thank you for taking the time to read my post, and enjoy the rest of your day and have a good weekend. See you next week.

Libraries Around The World

Hi everyone. This month is Library Lovers Month, so it was only fitting for me to do this post, this week, as the month comes to an end.

This week I decided to do about the different kinds of libraries there are, in and around the world. I not only love books, but I am also fascinated by architecture and in particular the architecture of these buildings. Every library is unique in its own special way. Some might say that they are “just libraries,” but not to me they are so much more. They are the places of wonder and a place for you to escape too, it is where the magic happens and many journeys you will go on, but at the same time, it is also there to teach, learn and educate us, as well as stimulate our minds.

The Best Libraries in The World

Library of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK

Birmingham library opened its doors in 2013 and is said to be Britain’s largest library, but is also the largest regional place of its kind in the whole of Europe, that as an amazing 10 floors. It as dazzling silver, gold, and glass exterior featuring interlocking metal rings that stand out from the crowd are enough to lure you in. This beautiful library was designed by Dutch architects Mecanoo, to pay tribute to the English city’s Jewellery Quarter. It’s modern and up to date library with its wealth of resources that is all in one place, houses both a kids’ and adults library, music collection, a Shakespeare Memorial Room as well as a health facility topped off with its secret garden on the roof.

Tianjin Binhal Library, Tianjin, China

There is an incredibly good reason that this spherical library attracts so much attention, having up to 10,000 visitors a day, making it the city’s biggest tourist attraction to date. On entering the Tianjin Binhai Library, you may first notice how exceptionally white everything is, it looks so clean, fresh, and mesmerising. This is a five-level library and has a total space of 33,700 square metres. Its characteristics include wall to ceiling bookshelves that go all around the room and incorporating the bookshelves into the steps that you use to walk up to the next level, there are enough shelves to hold its 1.2million books, and as a large luminous sphere in the centre that serves as an auditorium, holding a capacity of 110 people. It may look spectacular, but it is not completely all real as the library was fast-tracked, which meant access to the upper shelves was made impossible to get too: what you see way up there is perforated aluminium plates printed to look like books. Despite this, it is still very impressive. Besides using architectural firm MVRDV, you also had Tianjin Urban Planning and Design Institute (TUPDI) who had completed the library as part of a larger master plan, that provides a more cultural district for the city.

Chicago Public Library, Chinatown Branch, Illinois, USA

Chicago’s Public Library opened in 2015 and is unlike any other library in the city. This library is 16,000 square feet, and two-stories high, with its feng shui, influenced interior décor, that as exceptionally striking views of the Chicago Skyline. This library includes Chinese language materials and a mural by CJ Hungerman which entitles the “Universal Transverse Immigration Proclamation,” an ode to the neighbourhood’s history and character. This is the second-largest public library in the mid-west. CPL also serves as a Cultural and Information Center for those who seek information about the Chinatown community and Chinese culture.

Toronto Public Library, Toronto, Canada

Toronto Public Library is a public reference library situated in Toronto, Ontario and was first established in 1909 by designer Raymond Moriyama Architects. It as a five-double-storey building and is the largest library in the area. The TPL went under a major revamp from 2009 to 2014, which saw the building expand to its present size, with a transparent glass cube that was built onto its structure, which now holds an expanded lobby, a shop, and a café. Several social spaces were built, including an event centre and a special collection rotunda. The TPL revamp was undertaken and led by Moriyama & Teshima Architects, the successor of the architectural firm to Raymond Moriyama Architects.

Bukit Panjang Public Library, Bukit Panjang, Singapore

Bukit Panjang is a public library that was officially opened on 4 April 1998. The library as doubled in size since it first opened. It went under a 10-month renovation starting on 4 September 2016, finishing 1 July 2017. It is the first public library to have two district wings that face each other on the 4th floor. The Adults and Teens zone is in the old library space, while the children’s zone is in the space previously occupied by Daiso. The library was inspired by Bukit Panjang’s transformation that now as a direct connection to the Downtown Line. Follow its colourful ribbons on the floor and explore the different sections it as to offer. There is something for everyone in this delightful library.

Geelong Library and Heritage Centre, Victoria, Australia

The Geelong Library and Heritage Centre is based in the heart of a flourishing cultural place. The Centre aka. The Dome is a much-loved part of the city’s cultural and architectural landscape. The Geelong is a regional library, and is an archives and resource facility, that begun in 1858 and the Historical Records Centre was established in 1979 as a place to deposit a crucial number of historical records and archives. Inside you will find a welcoming of vibrant colours that is there to stimulate your brain and provide a very calm and relaxing atmosphere for you to study and learn. This is truly one not to be missed, as it will change the way you perceive libraries in the future. This library has so much to offer from:

  • 6,000m² of space, including five public levels
  • Heritage Centre repository and reading room (Level 3)
  • Powerful, free Wi-Fi and high-speed Internet access
  • An entire floor dedicated to children and young people, with age-appropriate collections, digital technology, and activity spaces (Level 1)
  • Major event space with spectacular bay views (Level 5)
  • A diverse collection of print, multimedia, and heritage items, and so much more…

Brandenburg University of Technology Library, Cottbus, Germany

The Brandenburg Library was designed by Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron who instantly achieved international stardom for its skin covered structure with myriad lettering in various alphabets and languages. which had taken three years to complete in November 2004, this structure stands tall at 32 meters high with reinforced concrete construction that was covered by a double-shell, glass façade embodied by its stylized graffiti. The ground plan of the building has an outer cover that resembles a cloverleaf. This amazing architectural external structure continues its uniqueness all the way to the interior, with its spiral staircase that extends from the first floor all the way up to the sixth floor, with a striking colour scheme in a multitude of colours (magenta, yellow, blue, red, and green) that covers its floors and walls. With exception to the management and business areas, there is also a room full of up-to-date technology, and a pool area, with a few separate areas.

  • Floor -1 and 2nd: Arts, Economics, Law
  • 3rd Floor and 4th: Architecture, Civil Engineering, Technology
  • Ground 5th and 6th: Science, Environment, Information
  • The second level underground halls are closed to the public. The library has two basements used for the storage and repair of books.

Minna No Mori Gifu Media Cosmos Library, Gifu, Japan

Minna no Mori Gifu Media, Cosmos is a multipurpose centre in Gifu, Japan. On the ground floor, there are several public zones. The upper floor level consists of large, open reading spaces, that is surrounded by numerous curved globes that give the building its unmistakable character. These translucent polyester light shades have patterns that diffuse both daylight and the artificial light that shines within the inside of the lamps. Minna No Mori “a forest for everyone” in Japanese, consist of a library, art gallery, cultural hubs, and an architectural wonder to name but a few. This facility is in Gifu City that is situated in between the JR Gifu Station and Gifu Castle and structural design alone is worth a visit, which was designed by world-renowned architect Toyo Ito… It was chosen to illustrate the facility for the people of the community and the surrounding forests. Gifu Media has been designed in a more traditional Japanese style architecture and is divided into three subsections with each serving a more distinct purpose.

Dokk1 Public Library, Aarhus Denmark

Dokk1 Public Library is a centre for those who have a thirst for knowledge and culture. This library is situated in the city centre by the waterfront. Dokk1 houses the Aarhus’ main Library, the largest in the municipality, and it is the largest public library in Scandinavia. This magnificent library is split across two levels, containing a selection of departments, such as literary fiction, professional literature, various media outlets, exhibitions, a café, numerous lounges, as well as a section for children of different ages, events and lecture halls, small concerts, theatre, and film screenings, as well as underground parking, with enough spaces that covers 1000 vehicles. This structure also contains a rail system, with trains running through and under the building including a station, and still, there is so much to see in this wondrous of wonders, that just simply goes on and on.

Biblioteca Sandro Penna, Perugia, Italy

The Sandro Penna Municipal Library is in the city of Perugia. it opened its doors in 2004, the building was designed by architect Italo Rota and is in the shape of a disc which consists of pink glass that lets in natural light during the day and lights up the skies at night. Along with its location, shape, and function, it has become a nodal point in the San Sisto district, it is a visible and recognizable element, that means a lot to the people of the neighbourhood. The architectural structure of this library as open spaces, which lets in natural light throughout the rooms, with colourful furnishings to add to the overall effect. The second floor is carried out by a disc formed by a coloured structural glass coating that is mounted on curved metal frames…The light that flows through the glass filter gives you a more relaxing atmosphere and reaches all three levels through an empty space in the centre of the building. The library was originally named after Perugino poet Sandro Penna, some of his works have been printed on transparent panels covering the outer layers of the building. This has been listed as one of the world’s most extravagant libraries and if you are a book lover this should be on your list of places to visit.

The Geisel Library San Diego USA

The Geisel Library is at the University of California and takes its name from the celebrated writer Theodor Seuss Geisel, you will all know him as children’s author Dr Seuss, and his wife Audrey. The literary pair were honoured for bettering literacy. The eight-story building stands 110 feet tall. This structure was designed towards the end of the 1960s by American architect William Pereira. The building’s distinctive architecture was described as occupying “a fascinating nexus between brutalism and futurism”. The library went through a revamp in 1993 and was rededicated to the University Library Building and was renamed as The Geisel Library in 1995. The UC San Diego Library consists of Geisel Library and Biomedical Library Building.

Tama Art University Library, Tokyo

In 2007, the architecture world in Tokyo was aware of a new eye-catching addition, that was to be in the form of the library for Tama Art University, which would be designed by some local architects Toyo Ito and Associates. With its signature concrete and steel arches methodically positioned, which were there for good reason as it was providing the structure, not just with its striking appearance but was aimed to give you the impression and the sense that the floor was slanted, going all the way through the garden and into the building itself. You can browse its immense capacity of books or study beneath the arches, or why not enjoy listening to their music or even take in a movie in the “temporary theatre,” or take shelter and read magazines while you are waiting for the bus to go home, this place is a treat and an absolute wonder.

Raza Library, Rampur, Uttar Pradesh, India

Raza Library was founded by Nawab Faizullah Khan, who was a ruler of the state of Rampur. What was once built as part of a palace in the late 18th century, was then converted into the Raza Library in 1904 by Nawab Hamid Ali Khan and has long been a national monument, a centre for the Islamic cultural heritage of knowledge, as well as a place to learn. This magnificent Indo-European architectural structure is home to a vast majority of Asian texts and objects, which now stores 17,000 rare and completely unique manuscripts in Arabic, Persian, Pashto, Sanskrit, Urdu, Hindi, and Turkish languages and over 200 handwritten letters. This library owns a good number of paintings and has a collection of around 60,000 printed books in various languages This is one of the oldest and most important libraries in South Asia

The Tianyi Pavilion Library, Ningbo, Zhejiang Province, China

Founded by Fan Qin in 1561. The Tianyi Pavillion is also known as Tianyi Chamber. This is the oldest private library in China and is a major attraction that Ningbo has to offer and it is among one of the oldest libraries in Asia. The Tianyi Pavillion holds the first collection, that was started by a retired imperial minister, and now includes over 300,000 volumes, 80,000 of which are rare ancient books that you cannot get anywhere else, which dates to the th century, and includes woodblock, handwritten copies of the Confucian classics, and rare local histories. Besides having these valuable collections, it is also known for its exceptionally unique architectural style and beautiful landscapes. Fan Qi’s grandson later rebuilt the Pavillion and created an Eastern Garden for the library which is situated by a beautiful Yuehu Lake. This library offers a combination of art, history, social studies, and culture.

Thank you for taking the time to read my blog, I will see you all back here next week!

7 Authors’ Places to Write

Hi everyone, In todays post I am doing where famous Authors found there special place that draws on their imagination and inspired them to write their novels.

Finding Your Inspiration

Everyone needs somewhere to write. There’s nothing quite like finding your own special niche, a place that you can create, for it is where all the magic happens. Virginia Woolf got it right when she said “every writer needs a room of one’s own.”

There are some writers who have a special corner in the house, while others will have a home office, but if you’re like me that “special place” is my summerhouse that I turned into a writing office. For some writers they can only work somewhere that is distraction free, as they need the solitude for them to get inspired. Then there are some writers who find that they need to be surrounded by people, like a café where they can get endless cups of coffee and food readily available. It doesn’t matter where you write, as long as it works for you, each writer is different and have their own unique way of doing things, because finding that special spot is half the battle.

1. Mercer Hotel, New York City

Some will know Carole Radziwill from Real Housewives of New York City, whom is an accomplished author who knows all too well about using people for her inspiration. “The best place to spot interesting characters and steal dialogue is the lobby of the Mercer Hotel.” said Carole Radziwill. “On any given day you can see supermodels and rock stars and Hollywood directors taking meetings with their stars.”

2. Eden Bar, Orlando

Orlando is a place where many writers have emerge from, and Vanessa Blakeslee is no exception to the rules, for she is at the forefront of it. Tucked away from the theme parks and the tourist traps, is a very cosy outdoor setting, called Eden Bar. This is where you will find Vanessa doing her best work. “I’ve sat underneath the majestic oaks or at the bar with my notebook, drafting new fiction. Eden bar lives up to its name, it is an oasis of creativity that keeps on giving.”

3. The Elephant House, Scotland

J.K. Rowling started her writing career, in a café shop, where she began to write the Harry Potter Series, she would spend hours in The Elephant House in Edinburgh that it became like a second home to her. The Café prides itself on housing J.K Rowling in its early Potter drafting days. They keep a small shrine of articles and photos capturing her early days in The Elephant House, Rowling once said “It’s no secret that the best place to write is in a café. You don’t have to make your own coffee, and you don’t have to feel like you’re in solitary confinement.” If you want a place to feel inspired, there’s no better place than Edinburgh, the birth place of Harry Potter, it would easily inspire the inner self.

4. Amtrak, Anywhere USA

If you’re tired of the same thing day after day, and want to try something new, you have come to the right place. There are many towns that have an Amtrak station stop, for a very reasonable price, you could take a trip and treat yourself to a truly mobile office. “Usually its trains, where I get the most writing done.” Says Writer Alexander Chee.” I think anonymity and displacement help me no matter where I am, I need to feel like I’ve vanished and no one can find me.”

5. Intelligentsia, Venice Beach

Screenwriter Scott Neustadter says, “The more chaos that’s happening, the more I can focus,” Neustadter is famous for writing Indie’s love story 500 Days of summer, and adapted numerous John Green’s novels.  Neustadter as claimed that he had wrote the adaption of The Fault in Our Stars in only three days at this highly popular coffee shop called Intelligentsia. This shop is known for serving some of Hollywood finest screenwriters to date. It has become like a meeting place, somewhere other than a stuffy office to pitch the next big idea for a blockbuster movie. If you’re a writer and like a busy atmosphere then Intelligentsia café is a place to be.

6. Metropolitan Museum of Art, Manhattan

The “special spot” for some authors need to have a more virtual buzz than going to a café or a bar, as they need that little bit extra buzz. “I went to high school near the Met and since then, I’ve spent many an afternoon wandering its halls, discovering new things,” says author Melissa Grey. “One of my favourite places to mull over a story is the sculpture gallery. There’s a fountain in the center of the room and I’ve puzzled through a tricky plot more than once while sitting on one of the benches surrounding it.”

7. Kos Kaffe, Brooklyn

Pretty in Ink is the first novel of Lindsey Palmer, it takes a look at the world of female magazines, which Lindsey is very qualified to do. She as spent her time working for magazines such as Glamour, Redbook, and Self. Her subject material has come to her naturally, like finding the right spot at the coffee shop. “Kos has good strong coffee, plenty of sunshine with just enough background chatter to make me feel like I’m out in the world without distracting me from my own work,” Lindsey says.” As soon as I sit down to one of Kos’ small circular tables and breathe in the steam from my coffee, I know it’s time to focus and begin writing.”

Different writers have their own “special place” where they would write. A place that’s full of inspiration. When you are first starting out it is good to try various places to find out what works for you and what doesn’t, before deciding on your perfect spot. These are ideas for when our lives can get back to some form of normality.

Thank you for taking the time to read my blog. Be safe and stay indoors, and I will see you all next week!

Leeds Art Gallery

When is Art just Art?

Hi everyone, one of my favorite things I love to do is; going to art galleries. There is nothing like looking at a piece of art and interpreting it to what you see. When I look at a painting hanging on the wall I try to imagine what the artist must have been thinking of, when they created their masterpiece. What was their inspiration for doing it? You can learn so much about painting, just by looking at them. It can give you the inspiration for a piece of writing that you keep putting off, or the way you take a photograph, it just captures the imagination, the stories you could create from just looking at a piece of art.

An art gallery is a place of wonder for many things, especially if you are someone that loves creating or even expressing yourself through art.

Art comes in many forms whether it is through using your hands to paint or carve a piece of artwork out, to expressing it through dance, singing or acting. It is a way to release your inner self, in whatever you do. Art comes to us all, you just don’t always know that you are doing it.

Here is a list of different ways to express yourself

  • Poetry or Writing a Story
  • Children Through Toys
  • Diary or Journal
  • Artwork (Drawing, Painting, Doodling)
  • Dance
  • Singing
  • Mimes
  • Photography
  • Sculpture
  • Role Play

Finding The History in Art

If you look beyond the what you see, you will discover that there is a lot of history surrounding these paintings, like which period are they from, or what century was it done in, who was the artist, was he or she famous or unknown. What is there story leading up to this piece of art? There are so many questions, that need to be discovered. Are you someone that wants to know the answers. Go to your nearest Art Gallery and find that special picture that is waiting for you to discover it…

Have a good week!