The Elephant & Rhinoceros Pavilion, London Zoo

London, UK Sir Hugh Casson (1965) A series of circular brick pens arranged around a central viewing area, with an S-shaped walkway weaving through it. The paddock features a pick-hammered concrete shell – possibly imitating an elephant’s hide – ribbed to dissuade the animals from damaging the structure. The ensemble features conical copper roofs that… Read More

The Dinosaur Court

London’s fantastical Victorian bestiary of prehistoric creatures remains awe inspiring despite its age A few years ago, I spent a morning in south London, looking for the beautiful remains of Crystal Palace – one of the grand feats of engineering that epitomised the Victorian era. Joseph Paxton, the renowned Victorian gardener and architect, was behind… Read More

Brutalism For Beginners

We will walk around London, visit a great number of sites, learn a bit about concrete and its historic and social significance, and spend time admiring and photographing them at most dramatic angles. Loved by some, loathed by others, the rugged urban fortresses we will be locating are excellent examples of the most influential architectural… Read More