This will undoubtedly be the building of the year when it opens in 2012. The new ticket hall has the elegance of the Great Court roof at the British Museum and appears to be double the size.
Hidden in the roof cavity of One New Change is this relief of St George slaying the dragon. Originally set in the red-brick wall of the previous building, the designer of the new building clearly felt obliged to make reference to its history but kept it pretty much under (double-glazed) wraps.
The trees outside of Tate Modern, like the gallery, are now ten years old and appear to have been perfectly cropped to frame the building and the river.
A melodramatic river landscape as the sun sets over the Shard, now at its full height and almost complete.
This year for London Open House on 18 September I will be leading two walks. Liveable City of London will look at the developments in the City of London’s landscapes which are significantly changing the look and feel of what was once a district devoted only to the needs of the financial institutions. The combinationContinue reading “Walk around the liveable City of London this September”
This is the newly-created garden inside the bastion of the Museum of London. It has a brand new green roof, lots of terracotta pots and a door allegedly leading to somewhere deeply mysterious. It is also the point where the A1 starts its journey north.
The allotments in the centre of Golden Lane Estate have now increased in number. The second year of the scheme sees thirty mobile plots, probably the highest concentration of horticulture in the square mile.
This cafe is in the heart of Old Street Underground station. Interestingly, it is rather a beautiful building. It has slim concrete columns and huge plate glass windows. Maybe underneath the graffiti-covered hoardings, all of Old Street underground station is in fact an elegant sixties building.
Walking along the Greenway by the edge of the soon to be revealed Olympic Park. This sign refers to an existing lock, part of the archaeology of the area.
Here is the privet hedge outside the Freud Museum in Hampstead. Home to Freud in the last year of his life, the building now has the deepest and most complete privet hedge in the street. In fact the museum sign is disappearing under the weight of the hedge.