If one of the measures of a City’s status is the vitality and diversity of its modern architecture, then London is right up there with the greats.
Walk through London, not just the well-known streets, but the back waters and observe. Regularly I walk from Euston Station (my rail terminus) south to Oxford Circus. I vary my route, but whichever streets I take, I end up skirting the Telecom Tower, and the site of the old Middlesex Hospital (now the scene of massive development into Fitzroy Place). On one single street, just south of the Telecom Tower, you will find the two buildings that illustrate this post – facing each other.
On the North side of the street, is a building that wears its heart on its sleeve – physically. A pulsing, pumping heart that appears to be bursting through its skin as if to say: ‘Love Me’. This is bold, brassy, dramatic architecture that shouts for – demands – attention.
On the South side of the street, directly opposite and nearing completion is this über-cool building (below). The complete opposite. A minimalist, sinuous, sine wave frontage. Pure simple lines that don’t shout, but still manage to make a powerful statement. This is the apotheosis of the fact that you don’t have to be loud to get noticed.
What a contrast. How clever. It’s always good to hear from you – which of these buildings do you prefer?
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