German Castles

Capturing important moments in history from as far back as the 11th and 12th centuries, Deutschland’s palatial monuments are as striking to us today as they were to the royal families and military leaders who once inhabited them.

Having survived centuries and World Wars, many of these castles remain important parts of German life. They now serve as government buildings, museums, landmarks, hotels, and—in more than a few cases—incredible private homes.

Identified from the top:

  • Hohenzollern
  • Eltz Castle
  • Sababurg
  • Wartburg
  • Schwerin Castle
  • Dornburg
  • Burghausen Castle
  • Neuschwanstein Castle
  • Lichtenstein Castle
  • Althoff Grandhotel Castle

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Fire Island Modernist

The Hamptons’ party-going cousin, south of Long Island, New York, didn’t earn its reputation for nothing. In the mid-twentieth century is was a place to see and be seen; a place where good times could be found, particularly for the sexually-liberated young man.

Fire Island Pines, its upmarket gay resort, hosted near-naked black tie galas and impromptu fashion shows by Diane von Furstenburg in its pomp. Calvin Klein called the Pines home and Truman Capote wrote “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” from one of its beach houses. At its peak, 1979’s “Party of the Century” was such a hot ticket even the owner of Studio 54 struggled to get in.

The island’s exploits from this era have since passed into legend. However, what lives on is its stunning architecture, built for the Pines’ tasteful and moneyed inhabitants. But with no protection from developers and suburban creep, can the party last for much longer?

Read the full article Sun, sex and sculpted timber: How architecture shaped Fire Island Pines here.

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Notre Dame du Haut, Le Corbusier, 1954

Ronchamp, France. 2015


Stepping On The Rich Culture Of Barcelona - Sebastian Erras Explores The City’s Beautiful Tiles

German photographer Sebastian Erras documents the vibrant history of London’s architecture, focusing on the exquisite tilework of the city’s most affluent and renowned buildings. The architecture and design photographer paired with pixart painting to bring the collaborative series “London Floors” to life.

Each landmark has a characteristic which develops with time and as such, London is a timeless city famous for its beautiful buildings and architectural treasures. The path a tourist takes often looks up magnificent structures, however, Erras has brought a fresh perspective to London urban setting by allowing visitors to be acquainted with the iconic hydraulic mosaic imprinted on London’s ground.