I’ve been up to my ears in seawater recently, researching and visiting modernity on the coast – when the question was posed, is this particular marine typology to be found inland?
Well, yes it was – in thrall to the work of Bruno Taut’s work at Britz, amongst others, and motivated by a desire for newer, cleaner forms of architecture, often instigated by forward thinking socialist local authorities, the future was built.
As directed by the British Broadcasting Corporation in October 1937.
The future was subsequently knocked down and put back in its box.
However for a short while it looked like this:
– Kennet House on Smedley Lane, Cheetham Hill.
Many of these photographs were taken by Norman Newsham – who had the foresight to record the passing of this once great building, many thanks Norman.
Take a walk down there one day, take time to take a look at where the future was.
Beneath the pavement, the pavement.
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