Saturday, 21 April 2012

_hexagon tower, crumpsall

New Flickr set added of Hexagon Tower, Crumpsall, Manchester. Built as the research laboratories for ICI and designed by Richard Seifert & Partners, 1971.

Wonderfully sculptural with lots of deep shadows and the micro-mosaic exterior faces glistening from the saturday morning sun.

Tuesday, 10 April 2012

Gateway House, multiple profile column.

Multiple profile column with micro mosaic finish by Richard Seifert. Mitchell fibreglass bronze relief behind. Piccadilly, Manchester.

Soon to be restored and extended by Stephen Hodder Architects.

Saturday, 3 March 2012

Saturday, 11 February 2012

_four generations of the co-operative estate

Holyoake House, Dutch Modernism, one of the Miesian trilogy and the new Head Office by 3DReid.

Sunday, 15 January 2012

_ice cube & the eames

I know this has been knocking around for at least a month or so but a recent twitter chat reminded me of how good this video is. Hip hop heavyweight Ice Cube extols the good, bad and ugly of L.A. as well as the resourcefulness, pragmatism and clarity of the design of the Eames' Case Study House #8 reflecting on his pre-N.W.A. days as an architectural draftsman.

"This is going green 1949 style bitch, believe that" - if only Jonathan Glancey was as concise.


Thursday, 12 January 2012

_clock tower, manchester town hall

Alfred Waterhouse, 1868-1877.
View from King Street looking down Essex Street