28 ene 2012

Trellic Tower

This tower is a master piece of the architecture from the UK. I discovered it 2 weeks ago on my way to have lunch at Portobello Road. It is an impresive building that reminds me the SESC from Lina Bo Bardi in Sao Paulo. 

Trellick Tower is a 31-storey block of flats in North Kensington, London, England. It was designed in the Brutalist style by architect Ernő Goldfinger, after a commission from the Greater London Council in 1966, and completed in 1972. It is a Grade II listed building and is 98 metres (322 ft) tall (120 metres (394 ft) including the communications mast).

Goldfinger’s design is based on his earlier and slightly smaller Balfron Tower (in Poplar, east London), and is in effect a sister building. It is also similar to Anniesland Court in Glasgow, design by J. Holmes & Partners and completed in 1968. It has a long, thin profile, with a separate lift and service tower linked at every third storey to the access corridors in the main building; flats above and below the corridor levels have internal stairs. The building contains 217 flats. Shortly after its completion the building was transferred to the local council (the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea). Most of the flats are still social housing, but a significant minority are now privately owned.


Aparently now has become a trendy place to live and despite the fact that the building aspect is not great, but we know that London is all about vintage and if it is almost destoryed it's cool.

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