The saga continues. These buildings are relatively close to each other (indeed the two modern ones are side-to-side).
First the WORST. It faces a busy road, admittedly, but its other sides (not visible in photo) are just as unfriendly. I could not find an entrance other than that weird, hyper-unfriendly, brutalist rough concrete spiral from hell at lower left. At least here in London this sort of stuff was partly built on bombsites, rather than by tearing down nice old buildings. Awful building.
The following building is BETTER. Just off photo (left) there is a clear, pedestrian-friendly entrance with a nice sidewalk. The color of the building is not fully appreciable from my picture but it is a very warm tawny stone, set off by lightly tinted greenish windows. I think the building lacks long-term visual interest and transparency-by-glass relief of mass has environmental and practical shortcomings. Nonetheless, it is a huge improvement on the first eyesore. Only thing is, imagine a street all of buildings like this. A bit dull.
The last, BEST building Ė yes in architecture I am an unreconstructed reactionary. Why? It works. This building has plenty of windows, gorgeous relief of mass and visual interest at ground level, and nice proportions despite being rather large. Iím not crazy about the pedestrianization of most roads but this is in an area where 99% of people go to work by public transport (the City) and the buildings are served by alleys. There is nothing I donít like about this building.
resurrecting the thread, in case there is any interest....