A great view of the grand arcade in Smithfield Market. What will happen to it? The controversy arising from plans to replace the General Market with a new office block focused attention on the destruction of a part of the market which was no longer in use. The General Market is now subject to aContinue reading “Strange days in Smithfield”
Brought to you by the same people who gave us the red rusty chairs, this clock in the newly-unmodernised Benugo in Clerkenwell is a fascinating find. It is almost certainly from a radio or recording studio. It is manufactured by IBM and is very beautiful but what is it doing here? The restaurant, like theContinue reading “More retro stuff”
Why is the brand new London Wall Bar and Grill created by Benugo for the Museum of London showing off this battered red table? Like the new ‘food hall’ at the Barbican Centre, this seems to be a variation on battered 1960s schoolyard chic. There is a touch of the Blitz about this. Slightly bomb-damaged,Continue reading “Slumming it at the Museum of London”
Moor House acts as a gateway to London Wall. It is a building by Foster and Partners that is best appreciated from the top of another building. At street level it is a little overwhelming and the astonishing curved wall and roof are difficult to see properly. It was built in anticipation of Crossrail arrivingContinue reading “Guarding London Wall”
Here is a great view of Golden Lane Estate with the swimming pool at its centre. Work is due to start any minute on restoration. There is some nervousness about this. The plans involve making some significant changes. At present it is easy to walk around the site at two levels. The lower level spaceContinue reading “Golden Lane waits for the builders”
This is a view of a building not yet complete but likely to have an interesting impact on the City. It is the new headquarters building for Rothschild’s Bank. Designed by Rem Koolhaas, the top of the building which is a boardroom for the bank is placed on stilts above the main office block. TheContinue reading “Room with a view”
Work on the overhaul of the Barbican Centre was completed nearly two years ago. The changes to the building were significant – a new bridge was installed to connect Silk Street and Riverside entrances; bold graphics were used to sign each of the floors and main venues; and the pointillist walls and carpets were replacedContinue reading “School days at the Barbican Centre”
Discovered at the foot of 80 Wood Street and London Wall are these two baby air vents that replicate exactly the large vents along the side of the building.
Work is due to start tomorrow on the restoration of Golden Lane Leisure Centre. The Centre contains the only public swimming pool in the City. The campaign to resist its closure led to 850 responses to the consultation which convinced the Corporation (which owns it) to invest £2.6 million on the restoration. The changes haveContinue reading “In the deep end at Golden Lane”
The Heron Tower is now complete with a wall of photovoltaic cells along the south-facing facade. During building, it appeared to be incredibly ugly but now that it is complete – and particularly from this view – it is surprisingly wonderful.
A freezing night but one of the most spectacular and exciting moments of the week. Here is the Lloyds Building next to its recently-completed neighbour the Wills Building. This is the centre of new building in the city. Lloyds is now more than twenty-five years old and it overlooks the site of two new buildings:Continue reading “Freezing outside the Lloyds Building”
Aldermanbury Square, a new office block design by Eric Parry Associates is the newest building on London Wall, replacing one of the six sixties buildings that formed the post-war street. This is a public art installation at the foot of the tower.