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Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Modern architecture in London - my spring holiday part 1/4 | IN MY LENS


London surely is a fascinating city, I have to admit it yet another time. I like how it's dynamically developing in a good direction. New public places and buildings are being created while at the same time the old ones are being treated with respect. The city is huge yet very walkable, with lots of places to sit and rest such as parks and squares.

Apart from the "must-see" places what I love to see and photograph in every city I visit is modern architecture. In London I bumped into a few interesting modern buildings just wandering around. Maybe you can tell me about other modern architecture worth seeing in London, so that I can visit it next time?

 
See the bathroom post - THE WEEKLY WANT inspired by London's modern architecture




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British Museum, The Great Court. 
The modern steel and glass roof was designed by by Norman Foster in 2000. The canopy was designed aby computer, as every out of over 3000 panes of glass is different.




London modern architecture
  Right next to the Millenium Bridge there is a cute small building housing an information point. Being very characteristic it's easy for tourists to find, it also creates a nice square around.


London modern architecture

The Thames embankment as seen from the Millenium Bridge and contemporary buildigs among the old ones.

London modern architecture
Tate Modern, modern art gallery, is housed in the former Bankside Power Station. Originally designed in 1947-63 (the brick part), in the nineties was transformed into gallery by famous architects Herzog & de Meuron. I really like how the newer (glass) part is combined with the old one - it's very clear which part is old and which is new, the building is honest.

London modern architecture
The Turbine Hall in Tate Modern building. Once equipped with electricity generators now is left as space where the crowds visiting the gallery can disperse.


London modern architecture

 Westminster Abbey tube station. Concrete, metal, pipes - industrial style. And oh what fantastic lamps!
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 Lamps, Westminster Abbey tube station.

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"The Gherkin" - oficially "30 St Mary Axe" was designed by Norman Foster (the same architect who designed the roof over the Great Court at the British Museum) and became an important landmark in London.


London modern architecture
The famous Lloyd's building, built in 1986, the building which is not ashamed but proud of if its installations and construction. You probably know this concept from other well-known building, Centre Pompidou in Paris. They both were designed by Richard Rogers.
This kind of architecture is called High-Tech. The construction elements, lifts, stairs are exposed on the facade so that the building's interior can be freely arranged.


London modern architecture

London modern architecture

London modern architecture


Below - architectural curiosity - "Walkie-Talkie" the skyscraper burning cars :)


London modern architecture




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