Wednesday, 29 April 2015

A Year in Pictures – 28 April 2015 – Façadism (2)

150–152 Fenchurch Street houses various health and wellbeing facilities and stands indirectly opposite the Walkie-Talkie, part of whose glowering form you can see reflected in the windows of the property to the left, which fights a valiant defensive action with its display of luxury chocolates.

150–152 has plain glass windows that emphasise the fact that the innards of the building have been removed and that what we see is yet another example of façadism. We all live with and use such hollowed-out husks of former glory for various practical and economic reasons, but such buildings demonstrate a lack of confidence in modern design styles and a tokenistic approach to the aesthetics of previous ages.

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