George Monkhouse

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20th June 2007

I have a passion for architecture, modern design and travelling the less trodden road...

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  1. May 2010
  2. George Monkhouse reviewed Fatehpur Sikri in Agra, India

    "Primarily constructed in red sandstone, this town was built by Mughal Emperor Akbar. But for a failed water supply, this would have been his new capital. Today it is a virtual ghost city host to a population of 30,000. Despite its lack of practical appli…"

  3. George Monkhouse reviewed Taj Mahal in Agra, India

    Of Mughal architectural design, the Taj Mahal is a true wonder of the world. It was built by Emperor Shah Jahan to commemorate his second wife and inseparable companion, Arjumand Banu Begum, (Mumtaz Mahal – ‘Chosen of the Palace), who died in…"

  4. December 2009
  5. George Monkhouse reviewed Rockefeller Center in New York City, United States

    A mixed-use complex containing 13 buildings for commercial, retail and entertainment purposes, the various structures were surrounded by open plazas and gardens embellished with public works of art. Built between 1932 and 1940, the original buildings had…"

  6. October 2009
  7. George Monkhouse reviewed Miyaluo Scenic Area in Chengdu, China

    Miyaluo gets the title of 'Scenic Area' because of the Autumn show it puts on, when whole hillsides are awash with a bright shade of red.  Underneath the leaves are the bubbling hot springs and waterfalls flowing down snowy mountains.  And livi…"

  8. August 2009
  9. George Monkhouse reviewed Jumeirah Mosque in Dubai, United Arab Emirates

    If you imagine this city without its themed, Vegas style shopping malls and hotels of epic architecture, then there wouldn't be that many landmarks. Of what's left, this mosque would be one of the most impressive, twin minaret towered and carved white s…"

  10. George Monkhouse reviewed Mercato Town Centre in Dubai, United Arab Emirates

    Why put a Tuscan/ Venetian architecture inspired shopping centre in the desert? Well it worked in Vegas with hotels, in Dubai it's shopping malls. The setting is supposed to encourage you to think that you're not just shopping, you're shopping the good…"

  11. George Monkhouse reviewed Ibn Battuta Mall in Dubai, United Arab Emirates

    Ibn Battuta was a great explorer. How that relates to shopping is unclear, but this mall is themed around him, with the six main sections of mall named for the countries he travelled in and the decorations include a faux elephant with a water clock insi…"

  12. George Monkhouse reviewed BurJuman Centre in Dubai, United Arab Emirates

    For when you know 200 different stores isn't going to be enough, BurJuman has 300, over four consumer-istic floors, many of them internationally known names, including Saks Fifth Avenue, and famous luxury brands. Though this kind of shopping experience …"

  13. June 2009
  14. George Monkhouse rated The Grand Museum (Giza)

  15. George Monkhouse rated The Sphinx

  16. George Monkhouse rated Abu Simbel

  17. May 2009
  18. George Monkhouse rated Yogamagic Ecotents

  19. George Monkhouse rated Whitepod eco-camp

  20. George Monkhouse rated Thaba-Metsi Adventure Farm

  21. George Monkhouse rated Patagonia Camp

  22. George Monkhouse rated La Brouquere

  23. George Monkhouse rated Airstream and Retro Trailer Park

  24. George Monkhouse rated Le Brévedent

  25. George Monkhouse rated Tipis Indiens, Gedre

  26. George Monkhouse rated Les Tilleuls Campsite

  27. George Monkhouse rated Camping Les Ormes

  28. George Monkhouse rated Camping Domaine le Poteau

  29. April 2008
  30. George Monkhouse reviewed Umayyad Mosque in Damascus, Syria

    "According to legend, the head of John the Baptist, a verifiable prophet in both Christian and Muslim beliefs, lives in a shrine of the Umayyad Mosque or Great Mosque of Damascus. The mosque stands on the site of a 1st-century Hellenic temple to Jupiter, …"

  31. November 2007
  32. George Monkhouse reviewed Taos Pueblo in Southwest Desert, United States

    "In continuous use for human settlement, the Pueblo settlements date from around 1400, and have survived in their original layout. More than 100 people still live here like their ancestors 1,000 years ago. There are two large buildings at the entrance, bo…"

  33. George Monkhouse reviewed Buddhist Monuments at Sanchi in Bhopal, India

    "The classic stupa shape was most prominent during the Mauryan dynasty in India. Ashoka Maurya Buddhist influence whilst ruler of India helped spread Buddhist philosophy and doctrine in India, its symbolism penetrating Indian art and architecture. Also kn…"

  34. George Monkhouse reviewed Krak des Chevaliers in Syria

    "From the outside this fortress is intimidating in its grandeur and power. The Castle of the Knights, standing 2300ft above sea level, back straight and proud, lies what is arguably the finest fortress ever built. With its command over the valley it appea…"

  35. October 2007
  36. George Monkhouse reviewed C Side Spa, Cowley Manor in Gloucester, United Kingdom

    This fine traditional meets ultra-modern boutique hotel in the Cotswolds, inspired by the Villa Borghese in Rome and set on 55 acres, is more a spa hotel than hotel spa, and treats you with such indulgence that it is sure to stick in the memory. The luxu…"

  37. September 2007
  38. George Monkhouse reviewed BackCountry Eco Retreat in British Columbia, Canada

    A truly unique retreat in the heart of the Purcell Mountain Range in the Canadian Rockies, this wonderful mountain retreat offers a year-round schedule of nature-loving activity. Along with the option of daily spiritual guidance, massages and reiki at th…"

  39. George Monkhouse reviewed Soukya in Bangalore, India

    Deriving from 'Soukhyam' in Sanskrit, meaning ‘well-being’, Soukya is a holistic healing centre that helps in restoring the natural balance of the mind, body and spirit. A fine icon for holistic living, Soukya is a residential holistic health centre that…"

  40. George Monkhouse reviewed Willka T’ika in Peru

    This utterly unique and intensely spiritual retreat, close to the ancient royal retreat that is Machu Picchu in the ‘Valley of the Incas’, prides itself on introducing you to not just the sights, but also the spirit of the land and its native people. Mor…"

  41. George Monkhouse reviewed Body & Soul Adventures, Ilha Grande in Amazon-North, Brazil

    Occupying the only the fjord in South America, this is a retreat offering the best of panoramic mountaintop views, tropical rainforest and clean, white, sparsely populated beaches. It is an idyllic hideaway, brilliantly organised to encourage successful …"

  42. George Monkhouse reviewed Turtle Island in Fiji

    Host to the ‘Blue Lagoon’ movies, this private island in the South Pacific is one of the most romantic retreats available in the world today. From jungle picnics to dinner for two on a candlelit platform just offshore, this is a unique lifetime experienc…"

  43. George Monkhouse reviewed Parmarth Niketan Ashram in Haridwar, India

    One of the most renowned temple and ashram complexes in India, known for its substantial work on Hinduism, it is a school in the breathtaking valleys of Rishikesh laden with stone and golden Hindi statues. Once the most active yoga school, it has little …"

  44. George Monkhouse reviewed Outward Bound, Anakiwa in South Island, New Zealand

    The principle doctrine of Outward Bound is that of experiential learning – education is incompetent without understanding through experience, a very wise philosophy long held by the Chinese. One of 47 schools operating internationally and with great prof…"

  45. George Monkhouse reviewed Maya Tulum Wellness Retreat & Spa in Mexico

    One and a half hours from Cancun, this Mayan retreat offers exotica to all senses, and an opportunity to explore, in depth, your body’s wisdom by balancing the elements of air, earth, water and fire – bringing harmony to body, emotions, mind and spirit. …"

  46. George Monkhouse reviewed The Farm, San Benito in Olongapo City, Philippines

    "A holistic medical centre of miraculous healing, the Farm is underpinned by the wisdom of Hippocrates, the founder of modern medicine – “Let food be thy medicine and medicine thy food”. The Farm prides itself on treating, on all occasions, the whole pers…"

  47. George Monkhouse reviewed In:Spa, Marrakech & Atlas Mountains in Anti Atlas, Morocco

    This is a luxury week-long wellbeing retreat held regularly at the insurmountable boutique hotel, Jnane Tamsna, in the Palmeraie, 15 minutes from Marrakech. In:Spa operates from this base with massages, yoga, personal training, nutrition consultations an…"

  48. George Monkhouse reviewed Skyros Retreat in Sporades Islands, Greece

    With one of the finest reputations in Europe for a holistic retreat since its inception at the end of the seventies, Skyros is an experience that can truly change your health and your lifestyle for good. You can stay amid the pine forest down by the sea …"

  49. George Monkhouse reviewed Ulpotha Village in Eastern Sri Lanka, Sri Lanka

    Known in yoga circles simply as ‘paradise’, this is a unique, mountain-ringed village in the heart of Sri Lanka, the retreat concentrates almost exclusively on diet, yoga, ayurveda and massage. Ulpotha makes you live close to nature in simple-but-comfort…"

  50. George Monkhouse reviewed The Ashram in Los Angeles, United States

    To discover its beneficial qualities, one need only understand that the Ashram is perpetually at full capacity, despite no marketing for 30 years. This is an experience for those wishing a regimented and demanding schedule – a method of chasing your own …"

  51. July 2007
  52. George Monkhouse reviewed Solomon's Temple in Jerusalem, Israel

    "Monumental landmarks of the earliest Hebrew architecture center around the celebrated temple built by King Solomon in the tenth century B.C. on Mount Moriah in Jerusalem. When ancient Israel was conquered by the armies of Babylonia serving under Nebucha…"

  53. George Monkhouse reviewed Qansuh al-Ghuri in Cairo, Egypt

    ""At a principal junction in the centre of the mediaeval city stands the Mosque and Tomb of Sultan Qansuh al-Ghouri, the last of the Mamluk sultans to enjoy a substantial reign. The waqla or khan is one of the most important and unusual of this series of …"

  54. George Monkhouse reviewed Haj Terminal in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

    The original design was inspired by traditional pilgrims’ tents used in the desert, the translucent ‘fabric’ of the tents, Teflon-coated fibreglass membrane, allows natural ventilation and soft lighting. It received the Aga Khan Award for Architecture in…"

  55. George Monkhouse reviewed Reichstag in Berlin, Germany

    Originally designed by Paul Wallot (completed 1894), the history of this awe-inspiring building is intertwined with its noble architecture. A monumental building with four immense facades, it has a huge portico with eight Corinthian columns in front. Su…"

  56. George Monkhouse reviewed Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, Spain

    Gaudí’s phenomenal neogothic masterpiece (‘the last great sanctuary of Christendom’), although yet incomplete, contains his greatest discovery, ‘Gaudí’s Column’. Based on the prevalence of vertical lines…"

  57. George Monkhouse reviewed Temple of Amon in Luxor, Egypt

    From the 12th Ptolemaic dynasty, the temple of Karnak is the largest and the most complicated architecture in Egypt. The centre of the cult of Amon-Ra, the Sun God, has two axes that define the composition of the world of Karnak. The axis east to west co…"

  58. George Monkhouse reviewed Temple of Bacchus in Lebanon

    The temple of Bacchus is so impressive thanks to its state of preservation. The temple was dedicated to Bacchus (Dionysus), the Roman God of wine, but was traditionally referred to as the ‘Temple of the Sun’. One of the best preserved Roman temples, it h…"

  59. George Monkhouse reviewed The Obelisk of Queen Hatshepsut in Luxor, Egypt

    "“Americans relish their own ‘obelisk’ to General Washington; many have seen the one that pulls together the spaces in front of Saint Peter’s in Rome (in A. D. 37, it was brought to Italy by Caligula); and the fortunate have visited the mightly obelisks i…"

  60. George Monkhouse reviewed Burj Al Arab in Dubai, United Arab Emirates

    This 1994 $1.5b baroque structure, with its own artificial island, is the tallest hotel in the world (claimed as ‘7’ star), taking the form of an Arabian boat dhow. Symbolising Dubai’s urban transformation, several features demanded com…"

  61. George Monkhouse reviewed Tikal in Tikal region, Guatemala

    "Set within the tropical forests of Guatemala, Tikal’s development from a tribal settlements to urban structure occurred at its earliest around 200BC. Mayan architects designed short, broad temples with wide staircases flanked by enormous stucco masks. Th…"

  62. George Monkhouse reviewed Angkor Wat in Siem Reap, Cambodia

    "Angkor Wat is the largest temple in the world, and shows off the mastery of Khmer architecture. History, architecture and faith combine to display the peak of a great ancient civilisation. It is the biggest tourist attraction in Cambodia, and one of its …"

  63. George Monkhouse reviewed Tokyo City Hall in Tokyo, Japan

    "This massive structure houses the Governor and Metropolitan Assembly, similar to the GLA in London, as well as an army of bureaucrats, dominating the central Tokyo skyline. Despite the colossal scale of the buildings themselves, only three years of const…"

  64. George Monkhouse reviewed Great Wall of China in Beijing, China

    "Famously one of the only manmade structures to be seen from space, the Great Wall was originally constructed as a defensive measure against tribes of the north and northwest, over thousands of years, causing many deaths and much suffering. The architectu…"

  65. George Monkhouse reviewed Sydney Opera House in Sydney, Australia

    "Recognised as one of the world’s three most iconic modern buildings along with the Eiffel Tower and Empire State Building, and as iconic for Australia as the pyramids for Egypt and Colosseum for Rome, the symbolism is of a ship at full sail. Costing $AU1…"

  66. George Monkhouse reviewed The Kingdom Centre in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

    The new 2001-built icon for Riyadh and Saudi Arabia, the unique shape culminates in an inverted catenary arch – the ‘necklace’ of Riyadh, symbolising prosperity – spanned by a 56-metre skybridge with viewing deck. The tower is in direct axis with Riyadh’…"

  67. George Monkhouse reviewed Church of St Francis in Belo Horizonte, Brazil

    "Planning a church has proven an involved problem for contemporary architects. The general tendency is to go back to the old, well worn forms, because of some strange inhibition created by the subject itself. The Pampulha Church, however, had, of necessi…"

  68. George Monkhouse reviewed Kansai Airport Terminal in Kobe, Japan

    Built on reclaimed land 5kms offshore to protect the local environment and control noise pollution, the architecture is internationally renowned for its blend of artistic and functional features: the roof's design creates an image of soaring, and the gra…"

  69. George Monkhouse reviewed Sultan Hassan Mosque in Cairo, Egypt

    Founded by Sultan Al-Nasser Hassan bin Mohammed bin Qala’oun as a mosque and school, there are four sects of Sunnism (Shafite, Malikite, Hanefte and Hanbalite) that teach individually but pray together. It is considered, in terms of style, the most cohes…"

  70. George Monkhouse reviewed Gandhi Labor Institute in Ahmedabad, India

    “...Again Doshi refuses to think of functions as being discrete: the institute's activities flow freely into one another in a way that is deliberately ambiguous. The composition is distinguished by its studied contrast of regularity and irregularity. Axe…"

  71. George Monkhouse reviewed Temple of Kom Ombo in Kom Ombo, Egypt

    Kom Ombo is unique in that it has an unusual ground plan, unifying two adjacent temples. One is dedicated to the crocodile-headed Sobek, god of fertility and creator of the world, the other to the falcon-headed Horace (an aspect of Horus), the solar war …"

  72. George Monkhouse reviewed Suleyman Mosque in Istanbul, Turkey

    Suleyman the Magnificent demanded that a mosque be built that was fitting to his majesty, whereupon this structure was erected, soon considered the supreme model of Ottoman architecture in Istanbul. Its graceful and simple design appropriates meditation …"

  73. George Monkhouse reviewed Ryoanji Temple and Garden in Kyoto, Japan

    ‘The Temple of the Peaceful Dragon’ is a Zen temple best known for its rock garden, built on the once family estate of the Fujiwaras. Raked gravel is interrupted by 15 moss-edged boulders, which allow only 14 to be seen from any perspective (except, says…"

  74. George Monkhouse reviewed Waterside BA Headquarters in London, United Kingdom

    A modern Scandinavian design, based on 6 basic shapes, the building is an architectural feat in that the desired and resulting effect works fundamentally on social engineering in the work place. The architect, Niels Torp, is a champion of humanist modern…"

  75. George Monkhouse reviewed Museum of Fruit in Kofu, Japan

    Yamanashi Prefecture produces one of the best fruit yields in Japan. The Museum of Fruit is a group of three buildings near Mount Fuji that resemble large globular greenhouses, which Hasegawa used to symbolise spiritual sensuality, intelligence and lust …"

  76. George Monkhouse reviewed W. Watts Sherman House in New England, United States

    "Commissioned by Watts Sherman and built on property left to his wife, Chateau-sur-Mer, the two properties are linked by a round Chinese Moon Gate. One of 19th century America's architectural landmarks, its beautiful shingle-wrapped exterior with its huge…"

  77. George Monkhouse reviewed Chrysler Building in New York City, United States

    Indubitably one of the world’s most dramatic, beautiful and famous skyscrapers, it is an Art Deco masterwork from architect William van Alen, on commission from Mr. Chrysler. Using stainless steel to plate the spire, it seems to shine with pride and conf…"

  78. George Monkhouse reviewed Newport Casino in New England, United States

    Home to the International Tennis Hall of Fame, it is one of the finest examples of Victorian shingle-style architecture in the world. Commissioned by James Bennett to Charles McKim. Most lauded of all is the symmetry and balance of the Bellevue Avenue fa…"

  79. George Monkhouse reviewed Price Tower in Deep South, United States

    The only skyscraper designed by Frank Lloyd Wright ever built, and he referred to it as a lone tree escaped from the forest, having been a design for residential property in New York until the Depression. The design was literally based on a tree and its …"

  80. George Monkhouse reviewed Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, United States

    Being the most recognisable bridge in the world, majestically stretching over the strait 220ft below, this suspension bridge is the defining monument of San Francisco in the mind of its people. It is ‘International Orange’ in colour, not the rumoured gol…"

  81. George Monkhouse reviewed Woolworth Building in New York City, United States

    Cass Gilbert was commissioned by Frank Woolworth to design the world’s tallest building, and he was required to cast over 30 proposals before his final design was approved. Until the Chrysler Building, it was indeed the tallest at almost 800ft. The Gothi…"

  82. George Monkhouse reviewed Lake Point Tower in Chicago, United States

    Sitting, as a skyscraper, largely on its own, away from the cluster of Chicago high-rise buildings, it is a dominating presence in the area. Designed by two students of Mies van der Rohe, John Heinrich and George Schipporeit, and inspired by one of his e…"

  83. George Monkhouse reviewed Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington D.C., United States

    "Walking through this park-like area, the memorial appears as a rift in the earth - a long, polished black stone wall, emerging from and receding into the earth. Approaching the memorial, the ground slopes gently downward, and the low walls emerging on ei…"

  84. George Monkhouse reviewed Mrs. G. M. Millard House in Los Angeles, United States

    "‘La Miniatura’, the Millard House, is the first in the Textile Block house series by Frank Lloyd Wright, of which all are in California. Constructed in a mix of plain-faced and ornamental concrete blocks, each block was designed by Wright and cast on sit…"

  85. George Monkhouse reviewed Gropius House in New England, United States

    Architect of the Bauhaus, and founder of the subsequent architectural movement, Walter Gropius was a celebrated German influence on American architecture. This house was his first project in America, choosing to combine traditional New England elements w…"

  86. George Monkhouse reviewed Rosenbaum House in US South East, United States

    "The house is the purest example of the Usonian. It incorporates detailing improvements and combines all the standard elements in a mature and spatially varied interior. Its exterior has an almost overpowering horizontality. The street facade forms a cypr…"

  87. George Monkhouse reviewed Robie Residence in Chicago, United States

    A truly delightful Prairie style house from the inimitable Frank Lloyd Wright. Constructed in Roman brick, the most notable section is the brilliant cantilevered 10ft overhang that reaches across the west lawn, demonstrating with great clarity Wright's t…"

  88. George Monkhouse reviewed Menil Collection in Houston, United States

    Art collector Dominique de Menil was thinking not simply of a new home for her growing collection, but also of a centre for music, literature, theatre and cultural educational activities when she planned this new building in a small park surrounded by lo…"

  89. George Monkhouse reviewed Javits Convention Center in New York City, United States

    This 18-acre plot houses a colossal building that spans 5 blocks on the west side of Manhattan, designed by Pei to house the world's largest exhibition hall, with its a crystalline roof, harking back to the days of Crystal Palace in London. There is a 1,…"

  90. George Monkhouse reviewed Houses of Parliament in London, United Kingdom

    "One of the great English landmarks, this building has become famous under a name other than its own. Most people recognize the building as the seat of English government, although few know it by its proper name, The Palace of Westminster, and no royal fa…"

  91. June 2007
  92. George Monkhouse reviewed Blue Lagoon in Reykjavík, Iceland

    "Set amongst the beauty of Iceland’s black lava rock formations, the Blue Lagoon is a unique and magical experience. This 40_C lake is not actually a natural mineral hot spring but an artificial lake perpetually filled by the outflow from the nearby geoth…"