Modernist/post modernist buildings in London
Brief: To take a photograph of a modernist and post modernist building and write why I chose those particular buildings.
Modernist – all photos by Lenny Carter – RunnyCustard
The Design Museum is an international modernist (1930’s) styled building built in an old Banana Warehouse.
The Design museum started of as the Boilerhouse which was housed in the basement of the V&A, created by Terence Conran but then expanded to the point that it moved to the South Bank in London. It’s shaped like a small minimalistic cube like building.
I like buildings like this as they are clean and have such striking lines but they can sometimes look rather cold too. Some people think it’s ‘ugly, inhuman, sterile, and elitist‘ – I guess it really depends if all the design elements come together or not… I think they do in this case!
I’m starting to see why post modernism is seen as a backlash to modernist styled buildings.
Modernist buildings can look rather ‘boring’ next to a post modernist building – The Gerkin and Lloyds of London are rather dramatic and striking whereas The Design Musuem’s white cube structure seems rather subdubed in comparison, but then the Gerkin and Lloyds reeks of huge egos and elitism.
I’m sure we can guess which buildings have had their photo taken the most!