I enjoyed a week in Île de Ré, France. A much needed week to rest, reflect and recharge.
At our hotel, I particularly liked this view, the juxtaposition of the man-made angular swimming pool and the rugged beauty of the coastline.
Opened in 2016, this was my first opportunity to see the Switch House by Herzog & de Meuron at the Tate Modern. I was taken by the geometry and lines.
The Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology by Amanda Levete Architects is one of my favourite museums. I love the form of the building, its locations and choice of exhibitions. Always a pleasure to visit when in Lisbon.
This visitor centre is built on the site of the ruins of the Roman city of Baelo Claudia. The building is divided into two areas: a public space with permanent and temporary spaces, and the internal areas, with rooms for conservation and development.
The white façade is constructed in concrete which blends in with the local vernacular of Andalucia.
The Winter Gardens was designed by Pringle Richards Sharratt in 2003 and is one of the largest temperate glasshouses to have been built in the UK during the last hundred years, and the largest urban glasshouse in Europe.
In November 2007, it beat London's South Bank to gain the Royal Institute of British Architects' Academy of Urbanism "Great Place" Award, as an "outstanding example of how cities can be improved, to make urban spaces as attractive and accessible as possible".
Edinburgh is one of my favourite cities. My father and his family originate from Scotland so it feels very much like a second home to me. I particularly love how the vibrant city is framed by the mountains. On my most recent trip, I visited the Chapel of St Albert the Great by Simpson & Brown Architects – most definitely a sanctuary within the city. Of course, no visit is complete without admiring Edinburgh's classical buildings. This was my view from Princes Street, the Scott Monument.
I was particularly interested to see the National Assembly for Wales by Richard Rogers. The glass building symobilises the transparency between the elected and the electorate. The timber roof features a wind cowl which funnels natural light and air into the debating chamber below.
I love to record little observations on my travels. It was a clear day so the moon can be seen just below the roof, between the clouds.
Barbara Hepworth is one of my favourite sculptors so, during a trip to York, I visited the Hepworth Wakefield Gallery, designed by David Chipperfield.
I have a love for brutalist architecture – my favourite view was inside the gallery looking back across the river.
The juxtaposition of the flowing river and severe concrete form is completely arresting.
Cited as the number one city outside of London for the creative industries, I fell in love with Bristol. The Clifton Suspension bridge was designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel. I walked and drove across the bridge several times – the view over the gorge was spectacular and the mist only added to the drama.
I'm really interested in how cities and communities work together. I make no secret that I am a big fan of the Scandinavian countries and their way of life. In the summer, I stayed in Södermalm – I loved how the locals embraced the waterways. Despite the beach being relatively compact, it had a real buzz and was a melting pot for young and old.
The little slither of legs blends in seamlessly and the image has a slightly voyeuristic appeal. Typically my observations are more serious but I like the humour in this composition.
Lisbon was my first visit to Portugal. I stayed at architect Pedro Matos Gameiro's holiday home in Alfama. The space consisted of two courtyards and a swimming pool but this was my favourite view.
Since becoming a mother, coffee is a lifeline. I'm also quite particular with what I drink. I prefer less but better. A trip to Aarhus wouldn't be complete without a visit to La Cabra. One of the world's best coffee roasters.