London Velodrome

Natural light floods the track through the ceiling panels of the Velodrome and this is one of several sustainable features that along with the elegant, functional design helped put it onto the RIBA Stirling Prize shortlist in 2011.  It impresses still and as you can go inside to sit in the viewing gallery you can visit, whether a cyclist or not, just to experience the architecture.

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.

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