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The top five British post WWII architechtural achievements

Discussion in 'Personal' started by Wanda_the_Wonder, Jul 8, 2020.

  1. Wanda_the_Wonder

    Wanda_the_Wonder Occasional commenter

    The top five British post WWII architechtural achievements:

    1 Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King Liverpool

    2 The GPO Tower London[​IMG]

    3 Coventry Cathedral

    4 The Barbican London

    5 The Shard London[​IMG]

    So there you have it. One poster's top five.

  2. Kandahar

    Kandahar Star commenter

    Agree with no 2. The rest are dreadful. The PO tower passes all tests of integrity.
  3. Ivartheboneless

    Ivartheboneless Star commenter

    I have to say that you are a bit late posting your newest thread this morning.;) Not that I am much interested in post-WW2 architecture myself. I like a bit of gothic or James of St John, and some of them are ruins, despite your five carbuncles. I don't have much time for HRH, but I have to agree with him on architecture. In modernist terms the latest I will go is probably Art Deco. Its "art" and you can have a "decko" at it!
  4. Kandahar

    Kandahar Star commenter

    Presumably you are not a fan of academy schools.
  5. SparkMaths

    SparkMaths Occasional commenter

    I need someone to explain modernist/brutalist architecture to me because I don't get it!
  6. shakes1616

    shakes1616 Established commenter

    What is it all about WW11? If you know about WW11 what is the point? Can I interrogate YOU?
  7. George_Randle

    George_Randle Established commenter

    Didn't save it from the giant cat in The Goodies though.
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  8. phlogiston

    phlogiston Star commenter

    I'm still thinking. I agree that they look spectacular, but apart from the theatres in the Barbican, I have not visited or used any of the buildings. Buildings have to do more than look spectacular, they need to be fit for purpose.
    A building is no good if the roof leaks or it overheats in the summer.
  9. mothorchid

    mothorchid Star commenter

    Tate Modern in St Ives.
    Stansted airport
    Sainsbury Centre at UEA
  10. emerald52

    emerald52 Star commenter

    National Theatre.
  11. CheeseMongler

    CheeseMongler Lead commenter

    Not sure if it's an "achievement", but I liked Flint House that won the RIBA House of the Year in 2015.
  12. mathsman

    mathsman Occasional commenter

    My new patio
  13. Doitforfree

    Doitforfree Star commenter

    The new roof at King's Cross. The Falkirk Wheel. The wobbly bridge. The new lifeboat station at Bridlington. The church inside an old church in Pontefract.
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  14. nomad

    nomad Star commenter

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  15. WB

    WB Lead commenter

    The roof on the British Museum. British_Museum_Great_Court_roof.jpg British_Museum_Great_Court_roof.jpg
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  16. WB

    WB Lead commenter

    (Worth seeing twice. Sorry)
  17. WB

    WB Lead commenter

    The conversion to produce The Tate Modern.

    The Globe Theatre

    The Humber Bridge
  18. fraisier

    fraisier Senior commenter

    I wrote a bit about brutalism here below. Not the most stonkingly beautiful architectural style but not all brutalist architecture is devoid of interest, far from it.


    This is a good explanation IMO:

    https://www.designingbuildings.co.u...own as Brutalist,scale use of poured concrete.
  19. fraisier

    fraisier Senior commenter

    Re Coventry Cathedral, as it gets too much stick IMO. Granted, it's no Notre Dame, although the stained-glass windows are gorgeous, but that stands to reason as they were designed by John Piper:


    but it mustn’t be seen just as a modern building, albeit a religious one. It is so much more than that, it has a powerful historical significance and to me and many it is primarily a highly symbolic building, one created to remind us of the horrors of war and also, linked to that, created as a testament to hope emerging from the ruins of tyranny:

    Earlier this year, Coventry Cathedral was selected as one of the top ten places which tell the history of England’s art, architecture and sculpture. Explaining why he chose Coventry Cathedral, judge Will Gompertz said: Coventry Cathedral is a magnificent, optimistic and bold response to the horrors of war. To create a modern and ambitious building dedicated to spiritual enrichment from the literal ashes of destruction was – and is – a sublime answer to brutality. It is a building born out of love and hope made from the rubble of hate and despair.”

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