Chapel of Christ the Servant – Sir Basil Spence



One of the repeated materials throughout the post war development in Coventry is found on parts of the new cathedral. The slate and the oxidised green verdigris of what I think is copper cladding. Again though, as this image shows, even the important architecture of the new cathedral is in need of some loving care.

Coventry cathedral is one of the most loved, both modern and ancient buildings in the world, a strong symbol of peace and also a perfect example of how juxtaposition could work in Coventry. I was surrounded by tourists photographing this place, and yet the City is accused of being ugly. The misconception may be due to the lack of realisation and years of neglect, but certainly not in the structures and buildings themselves.

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