Category: london

Dowgate Fire Station, London, Hubbard Ford &…

Dowgate Fire Station, London,
Hubbard Ford & Partners, 1975

furtho: Charles Holden’s Cockfosters tube stat…


Charles Holden’s Cockfosters tube station (via here)

sosbrutalism: Guess who was the inspiration h…


Guess who was the inspiration here? 😉

Howell, Killick, Partridge and Amis: Allbrook House and Roehampton Library, London, Great Britain, 1959–1961

Photos: © Barnabas Calder 2009

modernism-in-metroland: Hallgate, Blackheath…


Hallgate, Blackheath (1960) by Eric Lyons & Partners

One of many Eric Lyons designed schemes in Blackheath, Hallgate is situated on the former Cator estate, which was created by John Cator in the 19th Century. Like most of the others, this SPAN estate of 26 flats is arranged around landscaped gardens, and features a sculpture called “The Architect in Society” by Keith Godwin. 

Image from RIBApix

A Guide to Modernism in Metro-Land

leftoverlondoner: Artistic importance in Wait…


Artistic importance in Waithman St, Blackfriars.

There were some coloured tiles adjacent to this, but I think Mondrian would be proud of this attempt at concrete art.



modernism-in-metroland: Smithfield Poultry Ma…


Smithfield Poultry Market (1963) by T.P. Bennett & Sons with Povl Ahm of Arup.

Market building built to replace a previous Victorian era structure at Smithfield Market. The building was designed by the firm of T.P. Bennett & Sons, with engineering from 

Povl Ahm of Ove Arup & Partners. 

The roof is a single elliptical paraboloid shell of reinforced concrete. The thickness at the centre is only 3 inches, and twice that at the edge. It was the largest of it’s kind at the time of completion. 

Images from the Arup Journal

A Guide to Modernism in Metro-Land

modernism-in-metroland: Warehouse for Souther…


Warehouse for Southern Railways, Nine Elms (1936) by Oscar Faber & George Ellson

Goods shed

in Battersea

designed to hold items such as butter, grain, flour, etc before being transported on the railway. It was designed by Oscar Faber and George Ellson, and featured a reinforced-concrete framing system with brick-faced cavity walls. The warehouse was demolished in 1970. 

A Guide to Modernism in Metro-Land



Postmodern Gothic excess. Minster Court, London. March 2013.

78 South Hill Park


78 South Hill Park Brian Housden

78 South Hill Park, NW3

Brian Housden, 1965

This private house in Hampstead was designed by Brian Housden for himself and his family in 1958 and was built between 1963-65. South Hill Park had been developed with large houses in the 1870s, but a bomb site on its western side overlooking Hampstead Ponds was being developed by young architects with their own homes, most famously with a terrace of narrow houses by Howell and Amis for themselves and friends built in 1954-6. By 1958 Housden had acquired the adjoining site from John Killick, colleague and future partner of Howell and Amis. Housden set about designing a house for the site which synthesised a great wealth of influences and ideas, three of which stand out in particular.

78 South Hill Park Brian Housden

The property achieved Grade II listed status in 2014 for the following principal reasons according to Historic London: its striking use of materials in its heavy concrete frame, glass mosaic, and extensive use of glass lenses, the house adopts a range of materials which creates an extraordinarily unconventional aesthetic, as well as a beautifully lit interior, and controlled views out from the house. 

78 South Hill Park Brian Housden

The house has two and-a-half storeys, above a lower-ground-floor with an area to the front, and the garden to the rear. A concrete bridge (above the kitchen) gives access to the street level carport and front door.

78 South Hill Park Brian Housden

The property stands out on a neatly lined street made up of Victorian Houses; however, there are a couple of modernist homes scattered on the street. The house is part of a group of important post-war private houses in South Hill Park, and an example of Camden Council’s approach towards innovative design for houses and housing in the early post-war decades. I would recommend a walk on South Hill Park if you in Hampstead Heath. 

78 South Hill Park Brian Housden