BRUTAL Hull

I have to admit visiting Hull was a last minute decision. I had never heard much about the city nor given a reason that visiting the city was a must. After immersing myself in the world of Brutalism and historical architecture under threat Hull was suddenly on my radar, and for unlikely reasons a mustContinue reading “BRUTAL Hull”

Tallinn and the 1980 Moscow Olympics

In 1974 the Soviet Union won the bid to become the host of the 1980 Summer Olympics. As its host city Moscow is miles inland there was a search for a suitable location to host the sailing events. As Estonia was at that time under Soviet occupation the city of Tallinn was chosen. The 1980Continue reading “Tallinn and the 1980 Moscow Olympics”

Tallinn Olympic Yachting Centre

The Tallinn Olympic Yachting Centre was built for the sailing event of the 1980 Moscow Summer Olympics that were held in Tallinn. The building was designed by architects Henno Sepmann, Peep Jänes, Ants Raid and Avo-Himm Looveer. The Olympic Village officially opened in June of that year and hosted its first guests in July in preparationsContinue reading “Tallinn Olympic Yachting Centre”

Lynton & Lynmouth

Lyton and Lynmouth are two towns on the northern coast of Devon. Though the towns are separate they are governed by the same town council and often referred to as one. While Lyton sits at the top of a steep cliff the harbour town of Lynmouth sits below, where the East and West Lyn riversContinue reading “Lynton & Lynmouth”

Documentary in Colour

In early 2004 I was studying photography at college and our final assessment was titled  Documentary in Colour. After researching photographers and shooting a number of concepts I decided on my final direction.  At that time the City of Portsmouth was going through a moment of historical change. Over by the Historical Dockyards they wereContinue reading “Documentary in Colour”

Saving the Three Ships

When I first joined the conversation about Brutalism it was largely focused on Welbeck Street Car Park and the failed attempts to preserve it. Plans had been approved and demolition had begun, at the time of writing the building is completely gone. But since then there has been a new agenda on the table, the Hull Three ShipsContinue reading “Saving the Three Ships”

Rajamäki and the Molotov Cocktail

During World War II Finland was fighting Russia all down its Eastern border and protecting its country from invasion. The Finns were hopelessly outnumbered and the Russians were a superior force. This period would later be known as The Winter War. Under the leadership of General Mannerheim the Finns had to resort to clever tacticsContinue reading “Rajamäki and the Molotov Cocktail”

The Tricorn

The Tricorn was a car park situated in the city of Portsmouth. Designed in the early 1960s by Owen Luder and Rodney Gordon, the concrete structure was envisioned as a blank canvas where shop fronts and market stalls would bring colour and life to the building. Originally the building was going to be called ‘Casbah’Continue reading “The Tricorn”

It’s too Late to Save Welbeck Street Car Park

Welbeck Street Car Park is a short walk from Oxford Street in London. It was designed and built in the Brutalist style in the 1970s as parking for the nearby Debenhams. Its facade made from prefabricated concrete polygons has become very recognisable. In 2017 a petition was started in order to put pressure on HistoricContinue reading “It’s too Late to Save Welbeck Street Car Park”

Tell Me All Your Secrets – Hotel Viru

The building now known as Original Sokos Hotel Viru first opened in 1972, after construction delays and a fire in one of the upper floors. Apart from being a hotel the building and its secret history plays an interesting part in the history of the city. The hotel is known for once hosting the KGB. Though,Continue reading “Tell Me All Your Secrets – Hotel Viru”