Took these pictures a couple of weekends ago, after a visit to Regent's Park, one of London's finest,
North-east of the park begins the Western edge of Camden. Most people think of the market, when they think of Camden, but it is a very varied urban area. The photos that follow were all taken along the same road.
Leaving leafy Regent's Park, shown above, is the corner house of one of the terraces designed by Nash. You really have to feel sorry for the benighted souls that live in this 'imitation Greek temple'. Yeh, really sorry. .
Next interesting sight (and you can tell the area is much less genteel, one block down the road) is this garishly painted but slightly art-decoish garage.
A broad view of the street, walking East/North-east illustrates the scale that makes London so appealing: low-rise, human-scale, unprepossessing buildings but lots of street-level interest/retail and some greenery to soften it. From an NU standpoint, the only peccadillo is that this is a one way street. Camden council traffic engineers are basically psychotic, never mind the parking people
At a right angle to this road, a nice example of a 'modern' building with large square plant, mixed use, etc. You could put most type of activities in a building like this, very versatile; concrete structure and stucco exterior. Enough surface 'decoration' the leaven the mass and loads of fenestration (not always sunny in London...)
A detail: this slightly taller building has nice urban gardens on the top terrace floor. Par-tee! Just a few doors down the road there is a fantastic tapas place, very kiddy friendly but no corner-cutting on the emapanadas gallegas.
A nice-looking pub.
Let's look at this terraced house. The 'neoists' will say it's derivative and unoriginal. I say that I could build a building like that anywhere and fill it before the crappy cookie-cutter stuff most developers put up. Again, lots of fenestration, nice color contrasts and lots of floor space without looking huge. The only thing I would change, given enough space, is to put the stairs/lift (not present here) centrally so that thw doorway is not at the side.