'Jobs of this kind involving more or less invisible mending require far
more architectural skill but get less applause than relatively
thoughtless new builds. At Harvey Court, however, Levitt Bernstein’s
respectful work certainly deserves its plaudits'.
That's Peter Blundell Jones' assessment not of the building but of the recent refurbishment work... and I would not argue with him.
It reminded me of Rossi's Gallaratese housing although pre-dating it. Wikipedia claims Wilson thought the same although I'm far too lazy to verify this.
It's wonderfully poetic and painterly and also both slightly disquieting and deeply comforting.
4pm HANS KOLLHOFF
Arch Alexander Pols 'The tectonics of prefabricated masonry in modern high-rise'
Examples of prefabricated brick facades from the office of Hans Kollhoff in the Netherlands.
We love urban buildings that are solid and we love tectonic facades that
express how the weight is being transferred tot the ground. Brick and
traditional masonry is in countries like The Netherlands and United
Kingdom the traditional material used for centuries. By showing realized
projects such as the towers of the Ministries of Justice and the
Interior in The Hague, Alexander Pols will show how Kallhoff Architects
expresses the craftmanship and appearance of traditional masonry in
large projects were brick - for reasons of time and cost effectiveness -
has been reduced to a thin outer skin on concrete slabs.
Architecture discussion group meeting once a month at a selected building followed by rambling architectural debate in a selected pub. The group is open to all and welcomes your comments, photos and suggestions for future buildings to visit.