including at least 5 visits that provoked digital diary entries:
before a concert and beneath it
'education through art'
in a public space
an interactive exhibition
a rock festival
I'm sitting now in my favourite part of this my favourite modern building - inside the foyer/ballroom and close to those gentle* cantilevered staircases, which seem to me to put people first and all else second. That essential priority is what must surely have been in the mind of Robert Matthew and the other architects** (see also pleasant surprises in hospital)
And now, in this large and yet friendly space (this evening it is almost empty during the concert) i am simply enjoying being here - existing, in a place where one can feel at home, unaware why, because of the unobtrusive care and forethought of its designers. There are few places where that can be experienced. It is my definition of good design... not purely visual, nor imposing, but thoughtful, responsive and humane.
**Robert Matthew, Leslie Martin, Peter Moro, and other members of the Architect's Department of the London County Council. They were chosen by Hugh Casson (the commissioning architect) for being both young (below 45) and committed to the modern movement in architecture.***I understand that generosity was one of the conscious aims recommended by Cedric Price in his teaching at the Architectural Association, London. I am saddened to learn that he died in 2003.
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