I sometimes visit London and share typical photos of the glorious buildings like Houses of Parliament or Tower Bridge. There are other times when I hunt out the least city-like areas and home in on Hamstead Heath, and the pockets of wildness within the capital
But last week we just went for serious and ugly London. Real architecture and tower blocks and concrete in the Barbican area. It's kind of hideous but I still loved it. In amongst all the chaos we found amazing moments of beauty, and it reminded why I think architecture is amazing.
It's like a mini Tardis!
The next thing we came out to see was this area where all the buildings are made out of horrible rough concrete, but then decorated in flowers and greenery. It's a style generally known as 'brutalism', and has a lot of hatred. I couldn't live there, but for a brief moment I was tempted especially by the magnificent open pipe water feature attached to the main flats. But then these buildings just went on. We carried on round corners and across roads, but they were everywhere. Matching blocks with pink and red flower boxes. It was all a bit overwhelming after a while and I was ready to go back to the country again!