Architecture - Archive Articles

Articles about (mostly) London architecture, heritage, new buildings, and refurbishments.

The redevelopment of Peckham Rye Railway Station
The redevelopment of Peckham Rye Railway Station

The redevelopment of Peckham Rye Railway Station

The area around Peckham Rye railway station is such that if it were a person, it might be described as having a face for radio, a face that only a mother could love, for it is undeniably not a nice looking area at all.

Jan
21
2014
How close London came to being covered in concrete
How close London came to being covered in concrete

How close London came to being covered in concrete

One of London's greatest strengths, and in some ways, its greatest curse, has been the lack of a dominating Overload with the power to tear down entire chunks of the city and rebuild it in their preferred style.

Dec
12
2013
My alternative to the planned Thames Garden Bridge
My alternative to the planned Thames Garden Bridge

My alternative to the planned Thames Garden Bridge

There are plans, as I am sure you are aware for a pedestrian bridge across the Thames in the centre of the city, to be decked out in all sorts of greenery which is aimed to make it look terribly nice and pleasing.

Dec
05
2013
A small garden of calm moments from Oxford Street
A small garden of calm moments from Oxford Street

A small garden of calm moments from Oxford Street

On the 9th November 1889, a new public garden was opened just to the south of Oxford Street as part of the clearance of slums and their replacement with social housing for the working classes.

Nov
24
2013
A brutal beauty next to Tottenham Court Road
A brutal beauty next to Tottenham Court Road

A brutal beauty next to Tottenham Court Road

Just around the corner from Tottenham Court Road sits one of London's great unmarked pieces of architecture. A building, like so many of its era looks a bit tired and shabby now, but will reward the viewer who stands back to admire the whole.

Oct
28
2013
Great Estates: How London’s landowners shape the city
Great Estates: How London’s landowners shape the city

Great Estates: How London’s landowners shape the city

Dotted around London can be found some of the Great Estates that are the consequence of developments by single minded owners often in Georgian periods. But the Great Estates are not just a historic quirk, but are a still growing phenomena across the city.

Oct
27
2013
Post War buildings celebrated inside the Wellington Arch
Post War buildings celebrated inside the Wellington Arch

Post War buildings celebrated inside the Wellington Arch

Wellington Arch next to Hyde Park has swapped out the display inside the top of the arch bit and is running a short exhibition on how 20th century buildings, often derided have been preserved and in some cases, gained affection.

Oct
24
2013
A look around the new Library of Birmingham
A look around the new Library of Birmingham

A look around the new Library of Birmingham

Birmingham has two very large public spaces, separated by the brutalist architecture of the public library. One with the town hall and next to the market and main shopping areas, and on the other side of the library, sits a more artistic quarter with theatres.

Oct
06
2013
Another attempt to rebuild the Crystal Palace
Another attempt to rebuild the Crystal Palace

Another attempt to rebuild the Crystal Palace

From fiery embers, phoenix like, the Crystal Palace is to be reborn. A shining glass emporium of culture to adorn the terraces of long neglected Sydenham. Except, that isn't what is being planned.

Oct
03
2013
Photos from the new King’s Cross Square
Photos from the new King’s Cross Square

Photos from the new King’s Cross Square

Barely meeting its Thursday deadline, the long anticipated King's Cross station got the wide plaza space in front of the original Victorian station building.

Sep
26
2013
Take a look around London’s newest Postcode – E20
Take a look around London’s newest Postcode – E20

Take a look around London’s newest Postcode – E20

Over the next few weeks, people will start typing E20 in to websites as the first part of their address as they move into new flats built on the Olympic Park.

Jul
18
2013
A look around an empty office block in Victoria
A look around an empty office block in Victoria

A look around an empty office block in Victoria

Even by the standards of the era it was built in, Selborne House -- that sat opposite the Army and Navy store on Victoria Street -- was a masterpiece of bland office design -- a brown monolithic slab of drab.

May
12
2013
In praise of Euston Railway Station
In praise of Euston Railway Station

In praise of Euston Railway Station

Much derided, in part for its admittedly shabby appearance and dated fascia, as for how it reduced the Euston Arch to rubble, Euston Station is not a particularly loved building.

Apr
21
2013
Planes, Trains and Drains at the Building Centre
Planes, Trains and Drains at the Building Centre

Planes, Trains and Drains at the Building Centre

A new exhibition about London's infrastructure opened recently in the Building Centre that shows off the three dominant challenges for the city in the decades ahead.

Apr
11
2013
There is a Big Red Shed on the SouthBank
There is a Big Red Shed on the SouthBank

There is a Big Red Shed on the SouthBank

If you have passed by the Southbank recently or crossed over Waterloo Bridge in a red bus, you might have struggled to avoid seeing a big red shed that has appeared next to the National Theatre.

Mar
21
2013
London Wall’s Ugliest Tower Block
London Wall’s Ugliest Tower Block

London Wall’s Ugliest Tower Block

Of the many post-war mistakes built in the City of London, one of the ugliest has managed to cling on determinedly, the black and steel monolith of St Alphage House.

Mar
09
2013
A look inside the Lighthouse HQ next to the Tower of London
A look inside the Lighthouse HQ next to the Tower of London

A look inside the Lighthouse HQ next to the Tower of London

For just under 500 years, Trinity House has been looking after the safety of seafarers around the coasts of Britain, but an organisation set up to save people from disaster seems to be rather unlucky with its own buildings.

Feb
05
2013
The splendour that is the Victorian “Cathedral of North London”
The splendour that is the Victorian “Cathedral of North London”

The splendour that is the Victorian “Cathedral of North London”

As Private Eye is wont to say, it's Grim up North London, but if the eponymous characters of that newspaper were to dart out of their shell, they might find a remarkable building peaking its tall spire above the council estates of Kilburn.

Nov
24
2012
England’s oldest Lych-Gate found in South London
England’s oldest Lych-Gate found in South London

England’s oldest Lych-Gate found in South London

If you approach an old church, mainly in towns and villages rather than cities, you might enter the churchyard through a small wooden gate with a pitched roof.

Nov
11
2012
Closed for 130 years, the public observation tower in central London
Closed for 130 years, the public observation tower in central London

Closed for 130 years, the public observation tower in central London

In 1834, a tall observation tower was opened to the public near to Trafalgar Square giving people a chance to look down on Pall Mall and overlook St James Park and Whitehall.

Oct
30
2012
A look inside one of London’s longest office buildings
A look inside one of London’s longest office buildings

A look inside one of London’s longest office buildings

One of London’s longest office blocks has recently been undergoing a bit of a clean up and last week, I was able to have a look around the spartan interior before the new tenants move in. The building is the

Oct
23
2012
Photos from the Top of the “Walkie Talkie” Skyscraper
Photos from the Top of the “Walkie Talkie” Skyscraper

Photos from the Top of the “Walkie Talkie” Skyscraper

A new skyscraper is emerging on to London's skyline which will probably become as significant a shape as the Gherkin or the Shard -- the curiously nicknamed "Walkie-Talkie".

Sep
21
2012
A Slightly Behind-the-Scenes Look at Kings Cross Train Station
A Slightly Behind-the-Scenes Look at Kings Cross Train Station

A Slightly Behind-the-Scenes Look at Kings Cross Train Station

When booking a tour of Kings Cross station with limited information about what the tour will include, there is a risk that it will be just a wander around the public areas, or maybe a good look around some of the building site that is closed off to the public.

Sep
29
2011

London’s first skyscraper gets listing upgrade

Once the tallest secular building in London, the London Transport's iconic Art Deco headquarters building, 55 Broadway has had its protected status upgraded from Grade II to Grade I.

Jan
12
2011