Frederick Gibberd’s 1858-68 Fullwell Cross development in Barkingside NE London. The striking library is featured over at @barbican_city_of_london
here is a glimpse of the building housing the swimming pool. The intended original design had a magnificent Olympic sized swimming pool with restaurant above, however as local planning got more and more bogged down (I’m sure there’s a pun somewhere there) costs spiked and the pool got smaller. Also a new Olympic pool was being built at Crystal Palace. Gibberd played a huge role in the development of post war Britain and is credited with building a very early apartment block in the modernist International Style in London in 1933.
In 1958 Ilford Council, guided by the Ministry of Housing instructed Frederick Gibberd (a major figure in post war reconstruction and the design of the Festival of Britain) to build on an empty piece of land in Fullwell Cross at the end of what is now Barkingside High Street. The original idea was to create an olympic size indoor pool and a library, in effect reconfiguring the end of the High Street. Over the next decade he created the beautiful Fullwell Cross library. The shell shaped roof sitting on a steel frame is finished in green copper which simply glows as your drive past. The library is positioned to face towards the swimming baths (image over at @greyscapeworld.
) The library was refurbished in 1990. The development was completed in association H C Connell the London Borough of Redbridge Architect.
Always this bleak, never this quiet.
Basildon Bus Station.
A whopping 6500 sqft 8 bedroom house, including 7 bathrooms, pantry, basement, cinema and slide to basement.
All finished to a very high standard.
Yet again very happy clients.
Exciting times at Architectural Hub this week as we prepare to submit a number of Planning applications!
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A little country walk to see Grayson Perry’s House for Essex (or Julie’s House). It’s quite a remarkable building to see, just nestled in the countryside, overlooking the River Stour.
Perry grew up in Essex, and started his education in art at Braintree College where he did an Art Foundation course - the same course that I studied there some years later (still one of my favourite years of my art education).
‘When Living Architecture offered me the opportunity to collaborate with FAT it was a golden chance to realise a long held ambition to build a secular chapel’, said Perry. ‘The resulting building is a total art work, a fiction in which you can live, a digital age shrine and a homage to my home county.’
His ‘House for Essex’ is an ode to his fictional Essex everywoman - Julie Cope. ‘An everyday story of one woman’s life growing up and living in Essex...Julie’s House is a tribute to the county in which it sits and an allegory of what it is like to live here...a musing on religion, local history, feminism, happiness and death’
You can see the interior and stay at The House for Essex by entering the Living Architecture ballot, but the view from the outside with the accompanying views of the River Stour are worth the trip alone.
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