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 - night & day - Photography by Lenny Carter

The Design Museum – night & day – Photography by Lenny Carter

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!

The Design Museum linky

Post Modern.

Lloyds of London - Photography by Lenny Carter

Lloyds of London – Photography by Lenny Carter

 

The Gerkin & Lloyds of London - photography by Lenny Carter

The Gerkin & Lloyds of London – photography by Lenny Carter

The Lloyds of London & Swiss Re Tower

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!

Lloyds of London wiki

The Gerkin (Swiss Re Tower) wiki

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