Thursday, January 1, 2015
A top ten of 2014
Before we advance into a new year of architectural encounters, it occurred to me to take a look at what my readers have found most interesting during the last year – or which of my 2014 posts, at any rate, have been viewed the most. I have compiled a top ten, and they are a mixed bunch indeed, featuring mostly modest buildings such as prefabs, a shop front, some almshouses, and a public lavatory. They also include some memorable architectural details and a couple of reviews (of the recent exhibition of Edwin Smith’s photographs and the reprint of Nairn’s London). Miscellaneous as they are, they seem to represent a reasonable if partial cross-section of my interests and, I hope, those of my readers to.
Far from ordinary: the story of prefabs in Catford, south London, notable examples of the glory of the ordinary.
A sort of Jacobethan: a whimsical but interesting bit of pseudo-Jacobean detail in Northampton. God, or the Devil as they say these days (and well they might in these unMiesian contexts), is in the details.
Hygienic high-style: a terrific Art Deco shopfront in Ashby de la Zouch, showing that Deco can be about restraint as well as showing off.
The essence of place: the stand-out exhibition of the photographs of Edwin Smith (closed now, but it’s still worth reading about this photographic master).
What we see, and when we see it: a meditation in Malmesbury about how photography often reveals what we don’t see.
Fifty years on: a personal memory of some almshouses in Louth and the architecture of James Fowler.
Old orders changing: an unusual classical order in Clifton (pictured above).
The ladies, vanishing: a memorable cinema in Cheltenham, which is no more.
Being moved in London: a review of my favourite book about London, which has recently been reprinted.
From the sun to the stars: a cast-iron public lavatory in Bath.
Happy New Year to you all.