Posts tagged modern architecture
Posts tagged modern architecture
Express Building, Manchester, England
Photo by Ernest Cockburn
Didn’t know there was another Express building, yes, modeled on the one in London, and with many of the same very fine features.
Perhaps England’s finest glass and vitreolite Art Deco building, my Uncle occupied a Sub Editors desk there in the 1960’s.
From another Flickr posting, more info:
This is where my father used to work. I just love this building with it’s amazing art deco curves covered with black and mirror glass!
The Daily Express Building, located in Ancoats, Manchester, is a Grade II* listed building built in 1930s art-deco style. It was designed by Sir Owen Williams to house one of three Daily Express offices; the other two located in London and Glasgow. The building was purposely built to resemble that which was located on Fleet Street in London. It features typical Art Deco elements: rounded corners, setbacks and a simple contrasting clear and black glass curtain wall.
The Express began printing there in 1938 having been on the same site since 1927. Construction had to take place in stages so publishing could continue without interruption.
The newspaper left the building in the 1980’s and it has since been converted into apartments and offices.
Deco house in San Antonio.
San Antonio, Texas, King William neighborhood (by Sandy’s Looking Back Gallery)
I’m not positive, but I would guess this was an industrial complex. The tags say Paris.
Three Modern airport in France, with nice explanation (below).
Art Deco : 3 french airports.
Officially born in Paris during the “Exposition des Arts Décoratifs” in 1925, the art-deco mouvement has strongly influenced the international architecture between the two world wars.
Airfields need buildings to host travelers as they are waiting for their plane to be ready or to welcome them when they arrive. The first french Airport in Paris - Le Bourget was built in art-deco style. Bordeaux and Lyon, two other major french towns built their own at the same period, using the same architectural style.
Photographies presented in the current Art-Deco temporay exhibition in Paris.
St. Andrew’s House, Edinburgh, Scotland
by Roger Freedman
St. Andrew’s is the HQ of the Scottish government.
The building was designed by Thomas S. Tait of Burnet, Tait and Lorne , architects, who won the architectural competition to gain the commission. Construction began in November 1935, and was completed in 1939, the building initially housed the Scottish Office, including the offices of the Secretary of State for Scotland. The requirement for the building arose as a result of a post World War I policy of limited transfer of devolved administrative (but not legislative) power to Scotland from London. An official opening ceremony timed to take place on 12 October 1939 was “cancelled due to War” (Britain’s first air raid of the war took place only four days later over the Forth Bridge). Instead, it was officially opened by King George VI and Queen Elizabeth on 26 February 1940.
Architecturally, the building is monolithic, symmetrical and restrained on the main north facade. To the south, facing the Waverley valley, it is much more irregular and romantic in expression. There are many Art Deco influences.
Tait’s design incorporates elements of Art Deco and Streamline Moderne and is noted for being a rare example of sensitively designed modern architecture in Edinburgh.
The building features a number of sculpted decorations, also in the Art Deco style, which are credited to several sculptors: Sir William Reid Dick designed symbolic figures; heraldic devices are the work of Alexander Carrick and Phyllis Bone; the large bronze doors were designed by Walter Gilbert and executed by H.H. Martyn; and the secondary doors and stairs are by Thomas Hadden.
St Andrew’s House is designated a Category A listed building by Historic Scotland.
Photo by xlibber
Super modern bus station.
A very art deco inspired bus station in Cartagena in the Murcia region of Spain.
Early 30s Modern architecture. Background here.
Robert Mallet-Stevens, 1929–1932
Hugh Ferris drawing from the 1920s or 1930s that looks, well, incredibly modern.
Hugh Ferriss (1889 – 1962) was an American delineator (one who creates perspective drawings of buildings) and architect. According to Daniel Okrent, Ferriss never designed a single noteworthy building, but after his death a colleague said he ‘influenced my generation of architects’ more than any other man. Ferriss also influenced popular culture, for example Gotham City (the setting for Batman) and Kerry Conran’s Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow.
Modern, rather Bauhaus-y apartments.
The Westwood Ambassador apartment building, 1937.
Sampling of the work of Francisco Salamone.
Francisco Salamone (1897-1959), Argentine architect.
blog about him
Francisco Salamone (June 5, 1897 – August 8, 1959) was an Argentine architect of Italian descent who, between 1936 and 1940, during the Infamous Decade, built more than 60 municipal buildings with elements of Art Deco style in 25 rural communities on the Argentine Pampas within the Buenos Aires Province. These buildings were some of the first examples of modern architecture in rural Argentine.