Posts Tagged ‘architecture’

Parking garage designs

May 10, 2012

Here are some really striking car park designs from around the world.

TOTD is particularly struck by the Autostadt CarTower in Germany because of its similarity to a futuristic car park that featured in the Thunderbirds episode “Move and You’re Dead”, originally shown in 1966. You can see the Thunderbirds verion at 6:10 into this clip

[Thanks to FS for this suggestion]




1000 addenda

October 22, 2011

OK, we’ve had complaints already that we didn’t includ ‘Hats of Meat’ our most controversial post right back in the early days that nearly had the blog shut down!  Of course, since then Lady Gaga has made us look quite prescient.  But here’s the post:

And some sharp eyed person has noticed that yesterday we had a representative post from every year of existence *except* 2010.  (Do you people not have lives?)

Just to show that we weren’t having an off year, here are three favourites from 2010:

Twitter Typos

Chart Porn

50 Strange Buildings of the World

and keen as ever not to let it be forgotten: The Zargonic Effect


Site Readings at Mottisfont Abbey

July 4, 2011

Between the 2nd and the 29th July this year there will be an exhibition presented by the Portsmouth School of Architecture and the National Trust. It will cover a range of disciplines in architecture and design along with how these influence culture and the arts:,135898,en.html

Book furniture

October 15, 2010

TOTD loves this desk made from recycled books, which has been created for the architecture library at Delft Unversity of Technology.

We make good use of other people’s cast-offs too. Did you know, for example, that our Map Library receives diposal material, much of it almost new, from the Defence Geographic Centre? Some of our most useful historic maps of Hampshire and the Isle of Wight came as part of a huge  donation of 3,000 sheets from the Ordnance Survey last year.


October 11, 2010

TOTD first came across this as an iPhone application that allows you locate and find information and images about sites of architectural interest. The website for this “openly editable encyclopedia of buildings from around the world” can be found here:

Carbuncle Cup

August 17, 2010

The Strata Tower in London’s Elephant and Castle has won the award for the ugliest new building in Britain. Judging by the other entries shown here it was up against some pretty stiff competition.


July 21, 2010

We haven’t done anything on Lego for, oooh, about three weeks. If there are bits falling off your house then this might inspire you.

[Thanks to LJ for this suggestion]

50 More Strange Buildings of the World

May 10, 2010

Awhile back TOTD featured 50 of the strangest buildings in the world. Well now we’ve found 50 more (courtesy of the website ‘Village of Joy’).

Whilst there are many beautiful and futuristic buildings on this list, TOTD was rather taken with the Sheep Building in Tirau, Waikato, New Zealand and its neighbour the Sheep Dog Building. The Sheep Building is in fact a wool shop, genius!!

History in Portsmouth

November 30, 2009

The webmaster of this excellent site recently visited The University Library in search of large scale maps that would support the development of the 1860 (Old Portsmouth) Project. The aim of this programme is to accurately model Old Portsmouth as it was in 1860 using 3D  technology. The model is very well executed and each section is accompanied by fascinating facts and archive photographs. There is also much useful detail about people, events and places in Portsmouth.

Portsmouth’s Pubs

November 4, 2009

Look at the 1867 1:500 County Series map* of The Point and the area around St Thomas’s Church in Old Portsmouth and you can count at least 30 public houses and taverns. These are all on a sheet covering a little over 38 acres, and much of that is water! Portsmouth has a long history of pub building and this excellent site provides a great guide to both exisiting and closed pubs. The inclusion of many archive photographs makes it particulalry interesting.

[Thanks to BJ for this suggestion]

* The complete set of 1:500 County Series maps of Portsmouth can be viewed in our Map Library.