Monday, 20 June 2011

City capriccio

Well, this would be a capriccio if it weren't real, but this is an actual view temporarily opened up by the demolition of Bucklersbury House in the City of London. For a short time we get a perfect glimpse of London not just as palimpsest, with layers of development overlain on others, but as a jostling ground where the work of great architects co-exists, rather more in messy tension than in smooth harmony. In the foreground is the Roman Temple of Mithras, or what remains of it, and then left to right we have buildings by Sir James Stirling (hiding one by Lutyens), Soane, Herbert Baker, Richard Seifert, Norman Foster, George Dance, Wren, Richard Rogers and Foster again. Available to view for a limited time only!