All three images were drawn by French illustrator Thomas Danthony. Whether you love or hate brutalism as an architecture style, there’s something oddly compelling about these ghostly illustrations of some of London’s best known brutalist buildings.
Now that the Battersea Power Station chimney dismantling has begun, I thought it might be neat to have a look at some historic photos of the Battersea Power station in its heyday and beyond.
The photos below all come from art.com and copyright belongs to the respective photographer. You can learn more about each photo by clicking on it.
Bread company Warburtons have announced a new central London HQ. Already dubbed by the Londonist as ‘The Loaf,’ the two towers would sandwich the Gherkin on either side. While it is still on the drawing board, it may just become London’s 237th high-rise development.
Do you think they will improve London’s skyline or ruin it? Leave your comments below:
London in a sentence: “London is a city by a river, plus lots of villages joined up by an underground railway.” – @TubeRambler
How’s this for a Friday photo? Daniel Thorndycraft describes how he took the picture above:
“I was looking at trying to find somewhere to upload a photo that I took at 09:30 Tuesday 21st January as I was on my way to a training course just over the Southwark Bridge
I was gutted that I didn’t take me DSLR with me and this was taken on my iPhone 5, the only things on my phone that was switched on was the HDR function and its not been adjusted on the phone at all, and I was stunned at to how perfect it looked, and I know have it on my background on my work computer, I hope you like it as much as I do!”
Well I certainly do, what do you think?
For example did you know this about the London Eye?
Between 3am and 4am (usually, weather permitting), the London Eye is put in to a self-cleaning cycle and rotates at about 6RPM. That doesn’t sound like a lot, but that’s one revolution every 10 seconds! It gets all the rain, dust, grime etc off, all the mud etc ends up in the thames.
They don’t “offically” allow you to ride it in this time, but slipping the cleaners (who aren’t the normal ride operators) £20 will get you on one of the pods.
It’s a hell of a rush but tbh only a matter of time until someone gets hurt and they stop this.
Or how Celebrity Spotting works?
Celebrity Spotting in London is a fun hobby, but the first and only rule is DO NOT ACKNOWLEDGE THEM OR POINT, it’s rude and intrudes on their day, and then we won’t get to see them again.
Boy George hangs out at Cargo in Shoreditch quite often for example. Go out and hang around the pubs and clubs and see how many celebs you can spot in one night.
Each celeb has a card punching tool which verifies you have seen them. Ask politely when they’re not busy and they’ll punch a card for you. Once you have a card with ten punches on, the City of London police will let you have a go on their taser gun (in the safety of their training course).
I tasered an owl out of a tree on my go, and it was fucking hilarious.
Want to look like a real London pro? Make sure you do the following in front of a big crowd
In this 40 second video Jason Hawkes shots The City at night. Pay special attention to the Walkie-Talkie and the Cheese Grater, both of which are still under construction.
Jason is arguably one of the best aerial photographers in the world and has certainly photographed some of the most iconic and exciting aerial shots of London in the past decade. He’s documented the enormous changes that have taken place to London in that time.
For more of his videos watch:
Visit his website: http://jasonhawkes.com/
The second timelapse film from Mattia Bicchi this week, this one is simply titled London Timelapse. It features footage from November 2012 to February 2013 and includes locations such as City Hall, Covent Garden, Liverpool Street Station, Piccadilly Circus, Tower Bridge, London Eye, Westminster and Canary Wharf.
The shots of the Millennium Bridge and Battersea Power Station are particularly good with latter likely no longer possible in a few years time. Overall a really enjoyable timelapse, but I don’t think quite as good as his previous films: London Architecture Timelapse and Is Christmas Time. That said this is still miles ahead of most other timelapse film makers.