Sunday, January 29, 2017
Bond, James Bond
If you are a fan of James Bond movies, you might recognize this building. It was famously blown up in the movie "Skyfall". In reality, this building actually was attacked in September of 2000 when it was hit by a Russian-made anti-tank rocket. The attack only caused superficial damage but, the perpetrators were never captured. Thankfully, no such excitement happened on the day I stood across the Thames from the building and took a few photos.
This building is known as Vauxhall Cross and is the home of MI 6. It's no secret, everyone knows it. As you can easily see from the photos, the building is of a unique style. It was designed by architect Terry Farrell as an urban village. When I read that he was influenced by 1930's industrial modernist architecture along the river such as the Bankside and Battersea Power Stations, I couldn't really see a comparison. (Bankside Power Station is now the Tate Modern art museum.) Then I read further that he was also influenced by Aztec and Mayan religious temples. Ahhh...that I can see.
Farrell's design has received both praise and disdain. Some have called it "a classical composition with a possible sense of humor" while others say it's too Gotham City for their taste.
Since London is a city with some of the most unique architecture anywhere in the world, I think it fits right in! What do you think?