Great Arthur House

Great Arthur House (1956) is the sixteen storey residential block on the Golden Lane Estate with distinctive yellow panels all of which were renewed during a refurbishment in 2014 to replace the curtain wall. The building is Grade II listed and a fine example of the early work of Chamberlin Powell and Bon who, after designing Golden Lane, went on to complete the nearby Barbican Estate.  I’ve just added a new architecture photo walk that explores the influential ideas of these two estates to my Photowalks page.   


Saddlers House

The friezes helped us to express some of the paradoxes involved in making a piece of city out of a transient festival event”  Niall Mclaughlin Architects

Digital scans of the Parthenon Stones were cast as concrete panels for the exterior of Saddlers House and show athletes getting ready for a festival.  The Athletes’ Village fades somewhat into memory as East Village develops and so the design statement of this housing block seems ever more provocative and interesting.



Masjid Jamek - Kuala Lumpur

Designed in the Mogul style by British architect A.B. Hubback, the Jamek mosque in Kuala Lumpur opened in 1909 and is one of the oldest mosques in Malaysia.  While visiting the Masjid Jamek area earlier this month, it was noticeable just how much work is now being done to preserve older buildings in this part of the city.  Notably the grand staircase from the mosque to the river was only re-discovered in 2014 after decades of being covered over as modern Malaysia developed. Having been a visitor to Kuala Lumpur for nearly twenty years, this is the first trip where I have really noticed the architectural heritage and stopped to look.  

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