As much as I love ancient buildings, I also admire monoliths of neo-modern architecture.
Today we went to a zoo located in the outer rims of Freiburg. The whole district is called Rieselfeld and a part of it got transformed into a residential area. A very new borough with a very new church.
The church Maria-Magdalena is a prime example of neo-modernism brutalism style executed by Cologne architecture office Kister Scheithauer Gross. While the design itself stems only from female architect Susanne Gross.
It’s a church without tower which doesn’t mean it has no bells. There are three big bells and they are hidden beneath the roof.
All of the surfaces are clean and free of paint. The bare concrete a characteristic of brutalism architecture. It looks strong and refreshing when new but sad with time. I have yet to see a concrete structure to age with fine patina. Still, this building was accomplished in 2004 and it seems brand new.
A very special feature of this church is that it is a house for two confessions. There is a room for catholic service and one for protestant. The baptistry in the foyer can be used by both.
And whenever there is need to unify the rooms those huge concrete blocks which you see in the above picture can be moved to the sides.
The whole building is styled through and through. Minimalism is the main intention behind even in the paintings and furniture. Though I think wrong kind of chairs were chosen. But who would resent them. Everybody loves sleek lines to look at but not to spend in. So you see color and children’s drawings finding their ways into the room here and there.
A salad simple and assembled in less than a minute but also heavenly tasty. No hidden fat content. Words we all want to hear, right?
Here is the recipe for one single bowl. The perfect amount for a fueling late night snack. Continue reading
This is my great-grandfather Hessan and it is the only image I think ever existed of him. I just recently came to view it when my mother sent the picture on my phone. Probably she saw the photograph also for the first time. Who knows where she discovered it after all these years. Continue reading
Jeandado and Easter at Jack Who photographed by Carsten Heisterkamp:
During last weeks Art Cologne fair Jack in the Box in Ehrenfeld offered the alternative gallery space Far Off for artists from all over. At night downstairs located club Jack Who had some programme, too. Continue reading
A cool bar space. Enough room to find a seat while still feeling cozy. Modern interior design but not too chic. Clean and not shabby. A place for a decent drink after work or on weekends when you actually don’t want to have a night out but still go out… This kind of bar I thought was missing in Cologne.
Not anymore!!! Look out for Continue reading
Acrylic on panel by Guido Nieuwendijk during FAROFF Cologne at Jack in the Box.
Actually the colors on this piece where much more intense but I like pastels so I used heavy filters for the image.
Did you ever eat out at an Indian restaurant and didn’t find the food particularly tasty? That means lack of flavor, too greasy or other issues with it?
I know there are many great Indian food places in the UK or for sure in Berlin but I really do think that Cologne comes short. Although my friends always like it when we have Indian, Middle Eastern or Asian food outside. It could be that im very picky, ok, admit, I am picky. Still, the problem exists if curry (in Iran it would be khoresht) style foods don’t become cooked with lots of love and care they will easily taste bad. As I said before very often there are not much ingredients involved but the ones that are need to be of good quality and prepared non-hastily.
Well, here is a recipe for a curry that will blow your taste buds though I even cut a big amount of the fatty ingredients. Continue reading
The other day a delivery of greeting cards arrived at the Apricot Room and when I saw the vibrant colors of this one I had to take a picture immediately.
The motive is called ‘Frühlingsstrauß‘ and was painted by German artist Oskar Koller in 1999. It feels so contemporary, right?
Oskar Koller was born in 1925 in Erlangen and was also educated in graphic design which you can clearly see in his execution of form and color. His water color paintings are so vibrant and highly aesthetic yet free from any kind of please or kitsch though he very often chose to draw flowers. To paint with water color has not the best reputation as it is considered a beginner’s medium and very easy to perform. But you can reach very high artistic standards as for example Japanese 19th century artists have shown us before.
Oskar Koller died a few years ago and I couldn’t find out where the original Frühlingsstrauß is located though I stumbled upon other works which are available. They’re not especially super expensive, I mean still too much for me right now but if you’re willing to splurge… I always preach to invest in art and I think his works are pretty much worth it.
Anja Noack and Saskia Wragge, two wonderful women making art in Cologne. Works sold at Saisongeschäft Körnerstraße Cologne until 31st of March. Prices are very reasonable but they’re also postcards for like 1 Euro or so.
I might have spent 16 Euros more wisely or more glamorous before. Was it good? Satisfying at least.
Since my visits in Egypt where practically every food place offers delivery I have missed being able to order anything that I have an urgent desire for and not only some dingy pizza directly from home.
This gap got recently closed by apps who offer an easy and safe process. There are several in Germany, the most popular is Foodora and stands out with a particular ugly pink corporate design and increasingly aggressive marketing.
I Installed the app once and threw it out of my phone right away because none of the places I would have liked to order from delivered to my quarter.
So then came yesterday.. I got hungry but was very lazy. Then I got even more hungry so much as in starving like literally having no power to raise and dress myself. Back the app I got and voilà this time around there were more options.
I picked Menz Burger located in Agnesviertel because they were new to me and advertised quality beef. And what’s better than a good rich burger and a big serving of fries on the side when you had nothing to eat all day?
The App use was like promised very convenient and payment went via Paypal. What annoyed me was not the delivery fee of 2,90 € though I think it is a little high but I would have tipped 2 bucks at least if I had eaten out and in the end payed the same. No, it was the minimum order value of 12 € which I failed to reach at 10 Cents. After desperately searching the options for a while I found the sauces section and added guacamole knowing that I would eat it together with all other that would come and feel very nauseous afterwards because of the high fat content. Anyway. The burger was quite good and I dived right into it. The fries could have been good but had been fried to long to survive the ride without becoming hard brick sticks.
Will I order again? I don’t think so. Even if it’s called premium delivery. There is just so much waste involved and you pay the same as if you had gone out. I can’t understand why there’s not much more effort in the presentation involved? Especially if you consider the price I paid for it. No, for that I will go to the actual restaurant and enjoy the china plate experience.
Aren’t these contact lenses containers to die for. So sweet and pastel. I found this picture on the Cherryblossomgirl blog who brought them once from Japan. I did a little research after my last short trip to Berlin where I wondered why lenses containers always have to be so outrageously unesthetic and straight functional.
Need an example? Here:
Now compare. This is the situation in Germany and I suppose the rest of Europe, too. Someone should tell Bausch&Lomb that this is a serious market gap. I want eye pleasing design even to the little things of everyday life!
Now, excuse me while I go and waste hours finding and stocking up on those kawaii lenses boxes on the internet.
Also happy Women’s Day y’all!!!
I am back from a wonderful and turbulent visit in Berlin. The way there I took the plane and wasn’t aware of a change on the rules for cabin baggage (again…seriously it’s so annoying) and had to throw away some of my stuff.
To restock I spontaneously went into a pharmacy at Hackescher Markt and standing inside I got instantly struck by a most intricate old world wood interior. Turns out this is Berlins oldest existing pharmacy also once called Rothe Apotheke dating way back to 1954.
Focal point of the inner structure is a beautiful Rococo painting on the ceiling in soft pastel tones depicting chubby little angels enjoying themselves in the sky as you see above. Don’t miss out on this site visiting Berlin though if you happen to need medicine or French pharmacy beauty products be aware that much of the stuff is more expensive than at less exposed locations.
Köln, Belgisches Viertel. Sommer 2016.
Albalou Polou. A layered Iranian rice dish
Combining sweet’n sour with meat and serving it as main course for dinner is not a new concept. Germans have been doing it with game and lingonberries (see my beef-stew-lingonberry-homemade-spatzle recipe) since forever. But cooking this particular dish that calls for sour cherries and lamb was Continue reading
I’ve been test wearing this raw amethyst necklace all day long. It’s just too beautiful, really. Raw crystals in combination with gold are definitely to die for and among my favorite jewelry.
In the past I had difficulties finding druzies were the metal hardware matched my aesthetic standards and wouldn’t look too much DIY. Though these are very easy to make by yourself.
I love the necklace! It’s not very expensive (59 € by Apricot Room) but I feel like I am spending just too much on these little things these days… oh my conscience! I should be saving for the great vacations I plan this year.
// Wearing Massimo Dutti mens cashmere sweater, AG boyfriend denim, COS alpaca knit and big agate pearls on my wrist // 2nd image by Amanda Kingloff for etsy blog. A great DIY post for self made crystals.