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.
A brand new coffee shop in Clerkenwell Road, St Ali, has a green wall, unusually, inside the building. There is a small roof light but otherwise this highly ambitious wall is dependent on artificial illumination. The huge coffee grinding machine has not yet started grinding but when it does, it will offer an interesting combinationContinue reading “Will a green wall and a coffee grinding machine mix?”
The original home of the Samaritans, St Stephen’s Walbrook, is now face to face with the City’s newest completed building, New Court, headquarters for Rothschilds Bank. The bank building is designed by Rem Koolhaas and the Office of Metropolitan Architecture. The top two floors are set apart from the rest of the building in anContinue reading “Head to head with Rothschilds Bank and the home of the Samaritans”
What is to become of this building? The YMCA in Fann Street and on the edge of the Barbican Estate is looking worse for wear. Scaffolding has been erected along the base but not the sort that suggests it is about to be improved but the sort that suggests things might be in danger ofContinue reading “What’s up at the YMCA?”
Great Arthur House, the centrepiece of Golden Lane Estate was not only London’s tallest residential tower when completed in the 1950s but it had and still has, a superb roof garden. These pictures give some indication of its size and attraction. It provides superb views over the City, it has a beautifully-designed pagoda, roof forContinue reading “The best roof garden in the City of London. Why is it closed to everyone?”
A complete tranformation of the landscape of Southwark, Borough and Bankside is taking place this morning as the Thameslink bridge across Borough High Street is slowly lowered into place creating a brutal contrast between the highly engineered grey metal bridge and the mediaeval stone of the cathedral.
Two views of Borough High Street earlier today. The first shows the new Thameslink bridge on 30 April waiting to be moved across the road. The second shows it having been moved across the road on jacks waiting to be lowered into place later this evening.
Amen Court is in the shadow of the London Stock Exchange on the edge of Paternoster Square. It is a 1960s block of flats, a contemporary of the post-war Paternoster Square, so disliked by Prince Charles. It has gorgeous balconies covered in ceramic tiles.
There is lots of public art in Aldermanbury Square, the block designed by Eric Parry Architects. Here is a water feature, I think …..with a channel fed by a series of these vertical ducts. It boasts lots of concrete shuttering in Hayward Gallery style surrounding the water and filling the reception areas.
This building is really fun to look at. There are trademark air vents (to be compared with the Pompidou Centre) together with a colour scheme matching the Lloyds Register building twenty minutes walk away. It is worth looking up into the lift shafts at night.
This is a view from the roof of One New Change, the recently-opened shopping centre next to St Paul’s. The views from the roof are spectacular – across London to the South Bank and of St Paul’s. As I came out of the lift the security guard stopped me and said that I could takeContinue reading “Why I am not allowed to take pictures of One New Change from the roof of One New Change”
This is a secretive spot, a building by Foster curved to accommodate a small garden and a large tree. The external view at 100 Wood Street does not indicate the presence of the tree or the garden. This is not a trick of the camera as the building has a huge and very satisfying curve.