By Kenneth Allinson

ISBN-10: 0080524931

ISBN-13: 9780080524931

ISBN-10: 0750668741

ISBN-13: 9780750668743

Книга London's modern structure London's modern ArchitectureКниги Строительство Автор: Kenneth Allinson Год издания: 0750 Формат: pdf Издат.:Architectural Press Страниц: 264 Размер: 20 MB ISBN: 2006 Язык: Английский0 (голосов: zero) Оценка:London is a residing architectural exhibition. this useful pocket guide:* aids navigation of the city's maximum points of interest with a transparent map-based layout* positive factors greater than 260 constructions, with complete notes and references* presents an outstanding complete color photographic checklist of the capital

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Gross) and sits at the opposite end of the spectrum to the size and ‘footprint’ of buildings such as Minster Court, those at Broadgate, or Foster’s ‘gherkin’. It is for the smaller organisation and professional user and was executed in an unfashionably anachronistic manner, employing pre-cast stone and concrete panels in order to achieve a rather collegiate look for this conservation area, as if it really belonged in Oxford or Cambridge. The stone is Portland and Juane limestone. The building is worth comparing with William Whitfield’s work at Richmond House or Powell & Moya’s QEII Conference Centre.

But un-suited entrepreneurial interests alien to financial trading started to provide food-stalls and the like in the old buildings; then there was a temporary opera facility ... (the market recently claimed to enjoy more visitors than the Tate Modern). What developers seemed incapable of providing was happening all on its own. But instead of embracing this, they bluntly promoted their instrumental mind-set and there began a controversy with the community which still continues in a zone mediating between Broadgate and the utterly different (but changing) nature of the area around Brick Lane (some of which includes gentrified late C17th.

The façade itself conforms to another fashionable convention of the 1980’s: granite cladding, a symbol of robustness and durability, superseded in the 1990’s by a softer fashion for limestone. This building is worth comparing with other GMW City architecture over the years: the elegant Commercial Union building opposite Lloyd’s, the former Banque Belge building (the low block on the corner), the former Barclays Bank HQ on Gracechurch Street (a most peculiar, bombastic mix of Otto Wagner, Terry Farrell and Jim Stirling), and the new lobby to the NatWest Tower.

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