a j a n i photography: The Grand ‎Mosque of ‎Qatar

During my recent trip to the middle east, one of the most awesome sites that I visited was The Grand ‎Mosque of ‎Qatar, otherwise known as The Abdul Wahhab Mosque.

Located relatively close to Doha, Qatar's downtown core, The Grand Moque is the largest mosque in Qatar, and includes 90 domes, 18 entrances and can hold up to 30,000 people.

Built in 2013, it was named after the 18th century Islamic theologian and inaugurated by the Former Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani.

Initially, I was overtaken by the mosque's extravagance and size, and I was impressed by the sheer volume of light fixtures and details within and surrounding its structure.

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a j a n i photography: The Forbidden City

China's Forbidden City is one of the most beautiful and awe-inspiring places that I have ever visited and I hope to explore it again in the near future.

Located in the centre of Beijing and quite accessible by public transportation, the Forbidden City now houses the Palace Museum and served as home to Chinese emperors and their households for about 500 years.

When I first visited the city almost three years ago, I did my best to detach myself from my preconceived notions of its scale and appearance.

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a j a n i photography: Suzhou, China

Suzhou is a major city in the southeast of Jiangsu Province in Eastern China, it's adjacent to Shanghai Municipality and it takes about an hour and a half to drive to from Shanghai (without traffic).

When I first traveled to Suzhou (about two years ago), I didn't know what to expect and I was quite exhausted from a late night and early morning out in Shanghai, checking out some of the city's many nightclubs.

At the time, my friend Xue Qi was involved in facilitating some tours throughout China on behalf of French nationals, she told me that Suzhou was one of the most beautiful places in China and as such, she basically put me onto a bus so that I could experience it firsthand.

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a j a n i photography: The Atomium

I first photographed the Atomium in Brussels, Belgium at the age of 15 using film and my first SLR camera -- the Canon EOS Elan II. With that said, I have been meaning to post my pictures of the structure online since the early 2000s.

I have traveled all over Belgium (and Western Europe), I miss Belgian culture  quite a bit and I hope to visit Brussels and the rest of the country again soon.

To this day, the Atomium is still one of the most unique structures that I have photographed and it was first constructed for the 1958 Brussels World's Fair.

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a j a n i photography: The BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir Hindu Temple

The BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir Hindu temple is quite easily one of the coolest, most beautiful and most intricately built structures that I have been to in North America.

The temple doesn't look or feel like anything else in Toronto, it's truly a hidden gem and stepping onto the Shri Swaminarayan Mandir property made me feel as if I was in India for a couple of hours (albeit a cold part of India).

What struck me the most was the high level of craftsmanship within each part of the temple and the fact that the structure's exterior was no more or less detailed than its interior.

Furthermore, I found the temple's prayer area to be incredibly calming and sacred (due to its design and lighting).

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Architecture: "Pyramid House" By Juan Carlos Ramos

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The "Pyramid House" concept is the brainchild of Juan Carlos Ramos -- an impressive architect from Michoacan, Mexico. Ramos has been working with architectural visualization for the last decade and has been involved  in national and international projects for studios such as Neoscape and Fernando Romero Enterpise.

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Painting: "Holding Hands"

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I'm not sure who the artist behind "Holding Hands" is, but it's an awesome street art piece that's located in Karlsruhe, Germany.

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Design: The "Serac Bench" By Zaha Hadid

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Regardless of the scale of her projects, as a designer and visual artist, Zaha Hadid can do no wrong.

One of her latest (and smallest) projects is the the "Serac Bench", which she created for this year's Milan Design week.

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Architecture:

Architecture: "La Muna Residence" By Oppenheim Architecture And Design

Architecture: "La Muna Residence" By Oppenheim Architecture And Design
Architecture: "La Muna Residence" By Oppenheim Architecture And Design

"La Muna Residence" is my kind of minimalistic house and Trendland has described the beautiful chalet in the following way:

"For those of you not familiar with wabi sabi, it is a Japanese design philosophy focused on the nature of impermanence and imperfection. A stellar example of wabi sabi, we are loving this renovation of one of Aspen’s original rustic ski chalets, La Muna, in the ultraexclusive enclave of Red Mountain.

Oppenheim Architecture And Design have utilized reclaimed regional wood, stone and steel to camouflage the property with its breathtaking surroundings of the majestic Colorado mountains and forest, all while making minimal impact on the natural resources. Insulated glass blurs the boundaries between inside and out, and solar connectors provide energy for power and hot water."

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Architecture: "La Muna Residence" By Oppenheim Architecture And Design
Architecture: "La Muna Residence" By Oppenheim Architecture And Design
Architecture: "La Muna Residence" By Oppenheim Architecture And Design
Architecture: "La Muna Residence" By Oppenheim Architecture And Design
Architecture: "La Muna Residence" By Oppenheim Architecture And Design
Architecture: "La Muna Residence" By Oppenheim Architecture And Design
Architecture: "La Muna Residence" By Oppenheim Architecture And Design
Architecture: "La Muna Residence" By Oppenheim Architecture And Design
Architecture: "La Muna Residence" By Oppenheim Architecture And Design
Architecture: "La Muna Residence" By Oppenheim Architecture And Design

Video: "Billionaire Zhang Xin On Social Media In China" By Forbes

 

In the video featured above, well-known Chinese billionaire and real estate developer, Zhang Xin discusses China's ever growing complexity, which has digitally manifested into a social media revolution that many Westerners are completely unaware of.

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