Tuesday, 12 October 2010

langham house close

The Grade II listed, late 50s apartment blocks of Langham House Close near Ham Common in London (much beloved by the Twentieth Century Society) are amazing reflections of the "new brutalism" vision, and Stirling & Gowan's design is still overwhelming when you see it up close (thanks Open House weekend). Where the Span houses of Eric Lyons are bright, Legoland like displays of cuteness, Langham House is a functional extreme, and the impact is pure modernist myth.

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