Tuesday, 19 February 2013

Harvey Court, Colin St John Wilson, Leslie Martin. Cambridge 1962

'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.

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