Tuesday, 19 February 2013

big guns

Like a movie star...it's a lot smaller than you expect.
always had my reservations about this side....

Unexpectedly, i think the whole thing rather falls apart from this angle...

Same view as before but with lady on bike for scale.

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.

Monday, 11 February 2013

Architect@work, Earls Court 2, London Jan 30th

 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.