Wednesday, 23 April 2014

blogproblems

Humble apologies to everyone who has tried to check the blog recently and found only spam posts about eastern european football matches. 

The issue is now resolved (as they say) thanks to Matti Nescio via Blogger Product Forum - for which many thanks again Matti!

Thursday, 10 April 2014

FW: Sergison Bates, Coate Street, Hackney

 
First in my pilgrimage round the three Sergison Bates projects I know of in London.
 
If you are familiar with the press photos of this project you’ll notice it’s now got a large neighbour to the left.
 
The finishes are rough and ready and I don’t really understand the how or the why of the timber-windows-behind-the-glass-window...but what the hey, I love it, it was worth the trip.
 
 
 

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

and the devil said....

‘...build me the best building in the world!’

 

 

Unless anyone cares to enlighten me in the meantime I’ll follow up later with some google-age in relation to this fabulous construction.

 

FW: covent garden

The New Covent Garden Market must, one assumes, be under some pressure to turn from the useful, dirty, smelly and functional place it is,  into a zipped up, blank, semi-inhabited, resi-desert.  Probably the deals are already done, you’d have to tell me, but in the meantime try to imagine integrating a bit of this into the matrix.





bare grilles



Of the many things from the 1970s that I would re-introduce to the modern world, ventilation grilles are up there at the top of the list, especially ones with locking doors and ninety degree corners.

Monday, 24 March 2014

Richard Deacon at Tate Britain until 27th April


If 'Constructivist' didn't already mean something else then I'd use it to describe the works on show here which are graceful expressions of their own construction with a high degree of refinement but no pandering to good taste.

Thursday, 27 February 2014

FW: SCOT-BRUT



From: steve cox [mailto:steve@coxarchitecture.co.uk]
Sent: 26 February 2014 23:25
To: 'Stevecox3.peachy@blogger.com'
Subject: SCOT-BRUT

Just got totally side-tracked for two hours by this fascinating compendium of Scottish Brutalism.  Have cherry picked some favourite images but there’s a lot more than just images to go back for.


Tuesday, 25 February 2014

Keybridge House

Although I couldn’t find details on their website, this Lambeth Council press release confirms that they have given permission for demolition of the existing building and the construction of 419 flats and a primary school in its place.


We objected to the demolition (see earlier post) and were backed up by the 20th Century society.  English Heritage were less forthcoming although they did think it was important that someone make a record of the building before it was destroyed...

Lambeth Planning Department’s view was that the building had no policy protection, appeared on no ‘list’ and thus could not be saved.

The information that BT uploaded for us to show that they had performed due diligence on the ‘re-use’ option certainly highlighted the limitations of the existing structure but ultimately was more convincing as a demonstration of how much less profitable this might have been for the developer rather than how impossible.

There were of course a lot of objections to the proposals which looked like they could have given the council pause, most notably that the proposed primary school, which provides the ‘planning gain’, is too close to an existing primary school and that, of the 419 new flats, only 19 are affordable.


Archinect #2

Here’s the reason I got into Archinect in the first place:


A very very very long thread in which contributors post a picture of a building and everyone has to guess who the architect is.  I never got a single one but enjoyed the commentary and the buildings.

Seems to have quite a few broken image links now but keep scrolling down and you’ll find some.

Archinect

Just seen that our ‘structural integrity’ post on Archinect was chosen as one of the 13 ‘editor’s picks’ of 2013.

Monday, 24 February 2014

Bunkers, Brutalism and Bloodymindedness - Concrete Poetry with Jonathan Meades

Three rousing cheers for Jonathan Meades' bravura exploration and championing of Brutalism in particular and ballsy architecture in general .  Both episodes availalbe for six more days here - BBC4

Sensing Spaces - Royal Academy, London

There seemed to be a certain buzz of customer satisfaction at this architecture installation show although the only really successful, really architectural work, for me, was this by Pezo von Ellrichshausen




 ..having the kind allusive, fairy-tale quality (you can climb up or down spiral stairs in the legs or the enclosed ramps behind) that certain other installations aspired too but with more originality and architectural punch.

Souto De Moura and Siza's contributions were disappointingly underpowered whilst Grafton Architects did a perplexing inversion of what you might have expected... by way of massive but clearly fake slabs of 'concrete' floating a couple of metres above the gallery floor...


Above - Grafton Architects. Below - Li Xiaodon's stick-y laberynth



Below - Kengo Kuma
below - Alvaro Siza pulls out all the stops...

Sunday, 26 January 2014

i took way too many photos and...

...then didn't post them for ages.

here's the last (and most significant?) of the buildings collected on my Lambeth Walk at the end of last year...or was it the beginning of this...time eludes my comprehension once again

Architect George Finch died fairly (there it is again) recently - some info here and images below of his Lambeth Towers in all it's Tudormodern glory:







 lil'benchy

Saturday, 11 January 2014

another view of the Caja Costarricense del Seguro Social building

MBiernat_Brutalism-01.jpg

Caja Costarricense del Seguro Social, San Jose, Arch. Alberto Linner

Costa Rican Architect Juan Cardenas got in touch to say that the building below (which i'd been trying to track down for ages) was not as I thought by Paolo Mendes da Rocha but by Costa Rican Alberto Linner....which along with some links helped to turn up much more detailed images of this striking building...SEE HERE



Friday, 20 December 2013

This is a continuation of the previous walk-about post which, from the Ethelred Estate (below) onwards turned into something of an embarrassement of riches...





I think someone deserves credit for working with the existing building rather than just buldozing the thing as might easily have happened










Then we stumble upon the home of the Forensic Science Service, Metropolitan Laboratory, on the Lambeth Road







and after all that, the best is yet to come!