Minutes from Paddington Station and sandwiched between the Westway flyover, the Regent’s Canal and the railway line into the station is this wonderful building. It is outside of what was once a depot for a bus company, then turned into headquarters for the Monsoon fashion organisation and now offices for Nissan Cars. It may wellContinue reading “Automotive delights revealed beneath Westway”
The first day of Spring was spent staring at warehouse buildings in Manchester. Here is ‘Labour and Wait’ a plaque on the side of one of the earliest Co-operative Movement buildings just off Balloon Street in the centre of the city. As a Co-op Bank customer who sends his cheques to number 1 Balloon Street,Continue reading “Getting to the heart of Manchester”
The new Tourist Information Centre opposite St Paul’s Cathedral designed by Make Architects with new landscape by the City of London in the foreground. This deconstructed building has a yellow interior and a stainless steel exterior. This now complements One New Change immediately opposite.
Bracken House, the former home of the Financial Times. An astrological clock with Winston Churchill at its heart.
Here is an illegal photograph. I was on a guided walk yesterday looking at new buildings near South Bank. This is Palestra Building, home to Design for London, Transport for London and London Energy advice service, all not very secretive organisations funded by the tax payer when we were accosted by a security guard whoContinue reading “Illegal photography opposite Southwark tube station”
Eight views of New Court, the building by Rem Koolhaas designed for Rothschild’s Bank. Very difficult to find a good point from which to view this building. The box at the top is best seen from the south bank. Otherwise there are some interesting sightings behind Mansion House. Most distinctive is the railway junction approachContinue reading “New Court”
Smithfield House is no more. On the edge of the market, it was used by squatters for a couple of years and briefly as headquarters for the London Architecture Festival. It is now the site for one of the entrances to Farringdon Crossrail station. This was taken on the walk led by typographer Phil BainesContinue reading “Smithfield crushed”
This is a poor picture but a brilliant view. Taken from Fenchurch Street, on the left is the recently-completed Willis Building. The most popular view of this block is looking into the three curves that face the Lloyds Building. From this point of view, the convex external wall is visible and one of the roofContinue reading “A poor photo and a perfect photo opportunity”
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”
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”
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”
This is a view from underneath one of the external lifts in the Lloyds Register Building. Like the Lloyds Insurance Building, it shares an architect – Richard Rogers. Unlike the Lloyds Building, this is very easy to view at a close distance. The lifts make a satisfyingly clunky noise as they move up and down andContinue reading “Lloyds Register”