Time for a Schooling

Grove Road Primary School is one of the largest schools in Harrogate and at the time it was built, was also one of the largest buildings in the town. Growing up not far from the school, as a child we would often look up at the towers and remark on its spooky and somewhat gothic appearance. It is such an imposing building with its dark stained sandstone, tiny windows and towers making it look like a castle. The imagination of a child is a magical thing. Looking at other schools built during the Victorian period, it would seem that the overall design and addition of towers was a common trait, however most were built in red brick whereas Grove Road is made of sandstone, which is ubiquitous to H

The Brutal Truth

Brutalist architecture developed from the 1950s to the mid-1970s. Key features of Brutalist buildings include imposing structures, angular shapes and the exposing of raw concrete and steel. The building below, Habitat 67, is personally one of my fave brutalist pieces, it reminds me of the moving corridors in the Harry Potter films and is so unique and interesting. Habitat 67, Montreal The term brutalism originates from the French word béton brut, meaning raw concrete. Brutalist architecture emerged after World War II. A lot of houses needed to be built as quickly as possible and concrete was an inexpensive material to use and functional for bigger buildings. Designers took an intrepid approa

Pictures of Harrogate

The Harrogate Odeon is a striking modernist building that was first built back in 1936 by an architect named Weedon. The Weedon Partnership became involved with the Odeon chain in 1934 and were responsible for designing a number of the odeon buildings across the country, using his distinct streamlined modernist style. As someone whose grown up in Harrogate i love the concept that our Odeon Cinema is still standing and functioning as a popular cinema and has a history behind it. The Odeon has a quintessential design involving a curved entrance, which today has the illuminated odeon sign across it and the film titles they are currently showing, a tall bricked fin with with the word cinema spel

Hollywood Googie Nights

The career of architect John Lautner lasted over six decades, but he is barely recognised outside the architecture world, even though his iconic buildings have starred in movies like “Diamonds are Forever” and “Charlie’s Angels.” Lautner completed an apprenticeship with Frank Lloyd Wright, he then opened his own practice in 1938, where he would see out his career. Lautners work is easily recognisable and you will of probably seen some of these buildings before and not even realised who they are by. Some of Lautners work has been used in famous Hollywood movies, such as, the Elrod House in Palm Springs, where the infamous Bond character was played by Sean Connery in the film “Diamonds Are For

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