Bus station, Newbury Park, Redbridge (1947) by Oliver Hill
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A costed proposal to fit Grenfell Tower with panels that did not burn was dropped amid pressure from the Conservative council to slash the cost of the refurbishment, the Guardian has been told.
A cladding company which fits nonflammable aluminium panels claimed it provided a £3.3m quote to fit its system to the 24-storey tower in west London at the request of Leadbitter, Kensington and Chelsea’s preferred contractor in 2013.
Transport Pavilion, Festival of Britain (1951) by ARCON
The Transport Pavilion at the Festival of Britain was used to demonstrate various examples of British design, engineering and industry, and how transport supported these areas. Rail, road, air and sea transport were all highlighted, as well as Britain’s driving role in creating these transport networks.
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abstract mosaic mural by philip suffolk, mayfield girls school, putney, london.
powell & moya. AR 1956
Bridge, British Empire Exhibition (1924) by Owen Williams and Maxwell Ayrton
Concrete pedestrian bridge, built as part of the 1924 British Empire Exhibition at Wembley. Ian Nairn noticed it in the early 1960′s, mouldering away “among weeping willows and beer cans”, and calls it “one of the best things we did in the twenties…true English modernism”.
St. Pancras station. London, March 2018.
Rowans 10 Pin Bowling, Finsbury Park. London, March 2018.
Finsbury Park tube at night. London, March 2018.
Alexandra and Ainsworth Estate, Neave Brown, 1968
BRUTALIST ARCHITECTURE IN MUSIC VIDEOS
London Post-War estates have occasionally appeared in music videos in the past, but they’ve been particularly prevalent recently. The Barbican features in SHUTDOWN (SKEPTA) and BLOW YOUR MIND (DUA LIPA). Ernő Goldfinger’s Trellick tower appears in THINKING OF YOU (MABEL), while his Balfron Tower is the location for IN THE CITY (JUNGLE BROWN). The Alexandra Road Estate appears in SOMEBODY ELSE (THE 1975) and NOTHING LIKE YOURS (SLEWDEM MAFIA). It’s a creative marriage that isn’t hard to understand, with these longtime architectural underdogs becoming symbols of a gritty urban beauty, as well as a stylised reference to the actual communities that some of the music emerged from. (Photo: me, via Flickr)