There are some buildings in London that I can’t help but stare at in awe. They’re just so different from any building I’ve seen. So if you’re interested in architecture or just want to take pictures for instagram, here’s a compilation of a few favourites.
Lloyd’s Building, City of London
After the controversy it initially received, people came to love this dystopian, futuristic building as it now the newest building to be listed a Grade I. As you can see in the photo I took, the building is “inside-out”, as many metal pipes, that would normally be hidden, adorn the facade.
The Mosaic House, Chiswick
This house belongs to the artist Carrie Reichardt. There are many details to be noticed in her mosaic art on the house, including mandrakes, a tsunami hitting London and a one-eyed mickey mouse. I can guarantee you won’t find another building like this in London, and probably the whole world. Even the cars outside the house are decorated in mosaics.
Shri Swaminarayan Temple, Neasden
A Hindu temple, built using traditional materials and in an architectural style that’s authentic to the temples in India. It’s the biggest Hindu temple outside of India, yet a fair amount of London’s population haven’t heard of it.
Strawberry Hill House, Twickenham
A beautiful building of a Georgian Gothic revival architectural style, with “fairy-tale” interiors. It was built by the Earl Horace Walpole in 1753.
M by Montcalm, Shoreditch
The angles and positioning of this hotel creates a mind-warping effect. The tilt of the windows and the corner directly in the middle confuses the brain, and so, makes it really interesting to look at.
The Albert, Victoria
A Grade II listed pub built in 1862, its Victorian architecture contrasts with the modern office blocks towering over the pub. It’s the contrast with its environment which makes it stand out and seem so unique.
London Aquatics Centre, Stratford
Designed by the award-winning architect Zaha Hadid in 2004, built to house the swimming pools for London’s 2012 Olympics. The building is meant to reflect the fluidity of water, shown in the curved roof of the centre.
Carreras Cigarette factory, Mornington Crescent
An example of art deco and egyptian revival architecture in London, with the unique feature of Egyptian cat statues. The building used to be a cigarette factory but now accommodates offices. It was designed for four years after Howard Carter’s 1922 expedition where he discovered Tutankhamun’s tomb, which had made the Egyptian style more prominent in art deco architecture.