Thinking about big, brash buildings, thanks in part to this
selection of images (also good
). Skidmore, Owings and Merrill
are one of the world's greatest architectural practices (and their whizzy website is fun, too). We were musing through a book on their 60s and 70s work last night, partly to find out more about the threatened Connecticut General
building, and the sheer, thrilling arrogance of the great International Style buildings - especially offices - never fails to lift the spirits. Of course, this is at odds with the activities that went on within these structures - the sinister machinations of big business, all the more obscured by the acres of smoked glass, ruthlessly precise facades and a finely tailored ambience.
This kind of architecture has been totally diluted through repetition, but the products of the heroic age of office building still impress. (Lever House
, Pepsi-Cola HQ
, United Airlines HQ
). See also the wondrous archives from Canada's Expo 67
(via the ever-reliable Portage
). Here we have the total application of modernism to ever aspect of life (including costume
More nightmares from the fraught world of building preservation. Sproughton Watermill
is a listed structure that has seemingly suffered at that hands of incompetent workers and an uncaring heritage body. Even worse, perhaps, is the ongoing story of Greenside
, one of the best modernist houses (also listed!) in Britain, now threatened with senseless demolition. Join the Twentieth Century Society
Random nostaglia. Telluride
, Colorado, in the early 1900s.