Located in South London, Kensington district, on Exhibition Road, building was built in 1881, by the civil engineer Captain Francis Fowke who died shortly afterwards and the project was undertaken by Alfred Waterhouse .
The final version of the architectural scheme after his many alterations consisted of one edifice in a rectangular plan, with two tall towers , grand portico, all in a romanesque style – what must have been quite unusual and peculiar but still within the high Victorian style.
The external elevations was made mainly of brick extensively cladded with the colorful terracotta mouldings manufactured by Gibbs and Canning Ltd, featured many relief sculptures of flora and fauna to liven up a Victorian buildings in the area.
Nowadays the building is a perfect centre of entertainment for the families and nobody gets out of the building bored or disgusted .
No 4 London’s most popular museums – it is really brilliant and it’s dinosaurs skeletons’ collection is truly impressive 🙂
Dublin‘s most popular place to study is obviously Trinity College.The historical building is most desirable university in Ireland, but here I would like to present the newest part of it , an extention built in 1979 and then extended once again by the same architectural practice ABK – Ahrens, Burton, Koralek .
Located along the Nassau Street with the other two blocks forms the second courtyard of the college
The original design of the rear elevations from late 70′ was refreshed with the second extention to front, with it’s new concrete or stone cladding, slender openings and windows contrasting with the other big windows.
One can see an architects desire to show the play of the bulks, the simplicity of forms and a great affection to finishes and details.Contemporary look is also achieved by using the flat roofs, horizontal stone bands between the cladding, incorporating the pressed insulated aluminium panels withing some doors and windows.
Of the courtyard side we can also see how big attention was paid the landscape architecture, paving, sculptures, external stairs, balustrades.
The building is known at present as Arts Building Extention and Barkley Library.