Features from other publications this week
Brompton Road Underground Station sold for £53m
Brompton Road Tube station, located on the Piccadilly line between South Kensington and Knightsbridge stations, has been sold by the Ministry of Defence to an anonymous buyer for £53m. Designed by architect Leslie Green and opened in 1906, Brompton Road Tube station was closed in 1934 as it was no longer considered financially viable. During the Second World War, the station was used as Winston Churchill’s war office and is said to be the site where Rudolf Hess was interrogated.
Above ground the 28,000 sq ft property includes a drill hall, garages, offices and a mess, with extensive underground areas that have not been in use for many years. The site will be developed by Michael Spink into a ‘very high quality residential development’ and the money from the £53m sale will be circulated back into the country’s defence budget…read more
Inside the Homes and Workspaces of 8 Great Architects
In a preview article this week, Metropolis gives a glimpse into an upcoming exhibition at this April’s Salone del Mobile entitled Where Architects Live. The exhibition, curated by Francesca Molteni, explores the homes and private workspaces of eight highly-respected architects and finds that, contrary to popular belief, sometimes the most creative people are actually the tidiest.
This image-heavy feature by Metropolis provides an array of intimate images of architects’ homes, all of which will be on display as part of the April exhibition alongside video footage and accompanying audio. The architects involved in the project are: Shigeru Ban; Mario Bellini; David Chipperfield; Massimiliano and Doriana Fuksas; Zaha Hadid; Marcio Kogan; Daniel Libeskind; and Bijoy Jain…read more
Who Shapes Cities and For Whom?
This detailed analytical piece by Maya Oppenheim for New Left Project explores the issues of evolving capitalism and its impact on urban regeneration. Oppenheim argues that in recent times, cities across the United Kingdom have begun to lose their unique characteristics in the quest to become ‘command nodes in a globalised economy’.
The author uses UK case studies such as Liverpool ONE and Merseyside’s regenerated town centre to make her point but also looks further afield, stating: “Whether one is walking through London or New York, Liverpool or Milan, you are guaranteed to pass a Starbucks, Subway, McDonalds, Zara, H&M and Apple store. This standardisation has manifested itself as an increasing ‘placelessness’, which is experienced by consumers as a ‘could-be-anywhere’ feeling.”
Oppenheim’s examination of the post-industrial West focuses on the privatisation of public space, asking Who Shapes Cities and For Whom? The detailed article analyses the emotions that city dwellers may experience as they travel through a city in response to the investment injected into urban regeneration…read more