Wednesday, July 29, 2015

419 Lygon Street, Brunswick

419 Lygon Street, Brunswick

This building at 419 Lygon Street, Brunswick, a former house or more likely flats, now houses a legal firm.

419 Lygon Street, Brunswick

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Cairo Flats, Fitzroy

Cairo Flats, Fitzroy

Today I was able to tour the block of flats known as Cairo on Nicholson Street, Fitzroy as part of Open House Melbourne.

Cairo Flats, Fitzroy

Designed by Best Overend the flats were constructed in 1936 in a U shaped around a large communal garden.

Cairo Flats, Fitzroy

The block consists of 20 bed-sits and eight one bedroom units. The spaces are small with some built-in furniture however the complex originally included a communal dining room, an in-house meal service and a laundry service. The serving hatches placed at floor level outside each kitchenette are still in place.

Cairo Flats, Fitzroy

Overend worked with Wells Coates in London and Cairo follows many of the principals employed in Coates' Lawn Road flats in Hampstead which had been completed two years earlier. The concept was to provide minimal bachelor flats at affordable prices.

Cairo Flats, Fitzroy

We were able to visit one of the ground-floor bed-sits which had been recently renovated in keeping with those original design principles. The ground-floor flats each have a private garden. The units on the southern arm of the block face the internal communal garden which adds to the airy feeling of those units.

Cairo Flats, Fitzroy

The first floor flats have access to the roof via concrete stairways including a most extraordinary cantilevered spiral at the centre of the black forming the bottom of the U.

Cairo Flats, Fitzroy

And it provides a lovely view of the city oasis at Cairo.

Cairo Flats, Fitzroy

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Natatorium, Jiangwan Sports Complex, Shanghai

Natatorium, Jiangwan Sports Complex, Shanghai

This is the amazing entrance to the natatorium at the Jiangwan Sports Complex.

Natatorium, Jiangwan Sports Complex, Shanghai

The decorative arch is repeated inside and at the nearby Municipal stadium. Below is a closer view of the natatorium entrance showing the detail, not only in the arch, but also in the metal doorway.

Natatorium, Jiangwan Sports Complex, Shanghai

Friday, June 26, 2015

Quattro Auto Body Inc, Bethesda

Quattro Auto Body Inc, Bethesda

Found this lovely decoration on Quattro Auto Body Inc in Elm Street, Bethesda, MD.

Quattro Auto Body Inc, Bethesda

Monday, June 22, 2015

The Dollar City, Te Awamutu

The Dollar City, Te Awamutu

It was raining when we were driving through Te Awamutu but I wish I'd noticed the doors of The Dollar City I would have crossed the road and got a bit wetter to check them out.

The Dollar City, Te Awamutu

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Thompson Bros Building, Te Awamutu

Thompson Bros Building, Te Awamutu

Thompson Bros Building from 1937 in Te Awamutu, New Zealand.

Thompson Bros Building, Te Awamutu