SU6452 : Matrix House, Basingstoke

taken 7 years ago, near to Basingstoke, Hampshire, Great Britain

Matrix House, Basingstoke
Matrix House, Basingstoke
An original office block, arrow-shaped in plan, in fact two angled blocks joined by a glass atrium. Tinted glass and slick aluminium stair towers at the end. Built 1983-87 by EPR.
It stands in Basing View Business Park, which sprang up largely in the 1970s as organisations were encouraged to relocate from London. According to the website, it was “dubbed the “Dallas of Hampshire” in the late 1970s, because of the striking concentration of high rise buildings”, which suggests to me a striking degree of chutzpah and/or self-delusion. In fact, I find it hard to believe that the concept existed outside the fevered imagination of one or two planners. The estate comprises one road in an elongated loop along which are strung out some twenty or so office blocks of variable quality, only one of which (Fanum House) could reasonably claim to be high-rise.
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Date Taken
Sunday, 26 June, 2011   (more nearby)
Submitted
Friday, 20 January, 2012
Geographical Context
Business, Retail, Services 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SU 6414 5243 [10m precision]
WGS84: 51:16.0454N 1:4.9222W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SU 6404 5247
View Direction
East-southeast (about 112 degrees)
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