Typographic glamour

This is a detail from the Port of London Authority cold store building in Smithfield.  It is an easily-overlooked example of typography in the public realm, in this case, apparently the only example in London of ceramic tiles being used to infill lettering on a building.  Look carefully and you will see that each letterContinue reading “Typographic glamour”

St Mary-le-Bow Square

This tiny square next to the Church of St Mary-le-Bow has recently been upgraded by the City of London Corporation.  The designer is landscape architects Burns and Nice who also did the square outside the Old Bailey.  The motif is of middle-eastern influence.  The square had been blighted by the construction of Bow Bells HouseContinue reading “St Mary-le-Bow Square”

Gresham Street

This is the Lloyds TSB building in Gresham Street opposite Goldsmith’s Hall. Designed by Nicholas Grimshaw, it has a slate and steel facade.  There’s lots of joints and connections that give the building a satisfyingly Meccano-like quality – it looks hand-bolted together.  The building hovers above an ancient garden and is absolutely full of intricateContinue reading “Gresham Street”