Sunday, March 23, 2008

Osterley Tube Station, London

Osterley Tube Station, London was a British architect who designed many of London’s Underground Stations dating from the 1920s and 30s. Osterley Station, which he designed to replace and earlier station located nearby, opened in 1934.

The station is dominated by a tall rectangular brick tower displaying the familiar London Underground logo. This brick tower is topped with a concrete pylon with white square lights set into each side.

Osterley Tube Station, LondonThe rough 'pebble-dash' concrete contrasts nicely to the smoothness of the small brown bricks of the main tower.

Osterley is on the Piccadilly line, out towards Heathrow. If you have the time, it is worth getting off at each station and having a look around especially at these outer stations which despite being part of the London Underground are usually above ground and are more likely to be purpose built stations.

This is one of my favourite shots of Osterley Station. I think the way the geometric shapes and lines of Holden’s design creates a dramatic image, even if the Underground sign is half obscured.

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