Saturday, 16 April 2016


A break from pretty. This is the John Lewis building in Aberdeen. A lovely shop housed in a very challenging building from 1966. The building was designed for Norco, the Northern Cooperative Society. Sadly the eccentric spired food hall has been demolished. The building rather resembles a crazed giant concrete layer cake. Inside, there are no views from the windows.
I am quite interested in the concrete architecture of the 50s and 60s at the moment. I would especially recommend Concrete Concept, Brutalist Buildings around the World by Christopher Beanland, CCCP by Frederic Chaubin on Soviet architecture and have just bought Concretopia Rebuilding Postwar Britain by John Grindod. I resisted Soviet Bus Stops but it may be mine soon.
Also something pleasing about a watercolour of something that's just not attractive.

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