Two Level

Coventry_Precinct_Two_Level

Today I stumbled on a fantastic website showing the architectural work of Bill Berrett, http://billberrett.info/coventry/ it’s great to see some of the original drawings and concepts for Coventry. This led me off on another ramble looking for more information on Donald Gibson and Arthur Ling…there really doesn’t seem to be a great deal regarding planning of this era…

Concrete Textures

Britannia_Hotel_Textures

 

Another unloved Coventry building, the Britannia Hotel. Personally I’m not too keen on the actual overall design of the structure, but I love little elements, such as the wide range of textures and materials used. Yet again, those old Coventry favourites – concrete, granite, slate, and what i think is nordic blue copper cladding. These elements are mirrored throughout the city, alongside the pink sandstone and wood.

It’s a shame the current city planners don’t realise that you can create a feeling of consistency through using similar materials. The majority of the time, they seem hell bent on creating something completely random which doesn’t fit in, and then afterwards wondering why it doesn’t work. If you can use little elements to mirror what is already in place, even if the style is different, you can give the impression of cohesion.