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utilitarian buildings designed by famous architects

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utilitarian? isn't that what modernism is characterized by?


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This Mies gas station is tight btw. I love it.
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In 1966, Richard Rogers and Norman Foster designed the Reliance Controls Factory in Swindon, which some consider to be the first High Tech building in the UK.

Unfortunately, images like this are all that remain, because it was flattened to make way for a branch of PC World in 1991


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Yeah, the Mies is great. I'm also amazed by the amount of ornamentation on that FLW building.
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Edwin Lutyens, planner of New Delhi, designer of war monuments and Britain's greatest architect of the early 20th century also designed these tea rooms and public loos in Runnymeade, near London.

Very nice they are, too.


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Do they have to be by 'famous' architects? Anyway, Edwyn A. Bowd & O.J. Munson of Bowd & Munson were locally famous architects that designed quite a few of my region's utilitarian buildings:

Ottawa Street Power Station


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Edwin Lutyens, planner of New Delhi, designer of war monuments and Britain's greatest architect of the early 20th century also designed these tea rooms and public loos in Runnymeade, near London.

Very nice they are, too.


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That one is great! They all are! And the mies gas station is quite famous but i have yet to go out and see it.
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That one is great! They all are! And the mies gas station is quite famous but i have yet to go out and see it.
and the mies gas station on nun's island is no longer a gas station, esso dismantled the pumps in january. Its now boarded up but its going to become a heritage building i believe.
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utilitarian? isn't that what modernism is characterized by?
i guess you're right about that... i was thinking of whatever the opposite of concert halls, libraries, university buildings, etc is though
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i guess you're right about that... i was thinking of whatever the opposite of concert halls, libraries, university buildings, etc is though
yeah, i know what you meant. sorry for being a smartass.
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Would 'prosaic' or 'humble' be good words? Anyway, it doesn't matter.

I'd certainly say that power station counts. What a great door - and I love the solemn 'AD 1938' in the corner.

It made me think of Giles Gilbert Scott's Art Deco Power Station in Battersea, London, which then made me think of:


http://www.dezeen.com/2009/01/13/bri...by-royal-mail/
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It made me think of Giles Gilbert Scott's Art Deco Power Station in Battersea, London, which then made me think of:


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that's exactly what I meant!


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Speaking of power stations, here's McKim Mead & White's beaux-arts Hudson River Powerhouse (which they're trying to preserve, both pictures from http://www.hudsonriverpowerhouse.com/):
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It made me think of Giles Gilbert Scott's Art Deco Power Station in Battersea, London
Every time I see our Ottawa Street Power Station, here, I think of Battersea. It was so awesome to have seen it in purpose when I went to London back in 2003. I'm a huge fan of art deco power stations because of these two.

Speaking of power stations, Lansing actually has another downtown-area art deco power station: Ekert Power Station


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Speaking of power stations, here's McKim Mead & White's beaux-arts Hudson River Powerhouse
McKim, Mead, & White were very famous for powerstation designs. Basically every majour power station (and I mean EVERY) built between 1890-1930 in and around NY was designed by them. They are really dropping like flies, though, I can think of two that are still in use, one that has been horribly disfigured in a botched renovation job, two that have been recently demolished and three that are disused, and that's just from the top of my head.
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the tate modern, formerly the bankside power station, also by sir gilbert scott:


it started out "utilitarian" but now it's an art gallery; should it be in this thread or not?
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Most definitely, it should.
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Of course, now it's a modern art gallery it trades on its ultilitarian past as hard as it can, with spaces like the 'turbine hall'. Nothing like a bit of industrial grit to give your conceptual art a bit of kudos!


http://www.guardian.co.uk/travel/200...united-kingdom

From the Guardian, April 2009:

"Thomas Heatherwick has been commissioned by the borough of Kensington and Chelsea to create four newspaper stands; two have been completed and can be found outside Earl's Court and Sloane Square tube stations. The Paperhouse kiosk is an inverted dome shape, made from wood-lined steel. The doors open out in sections with inbuilt magazine racks and the kiosk plugs in to an outside cable so that the light comes on inside."
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Two for one, famous architect and famous scientist:
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Wardenclyffe: Stanford White designed laboratory for Nikola Tesla.

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