TQ3483 : Temple Street, E2

near to Bethnal Green, Tower Hamlets, Great Britain

Temple Street, E2
Temple Street, E2
Towering over the 19th century terraces of the Winkley Estate, Denys Lasdun's brutalist Keeling House.
Keeling House, Bethnal Green
Keeling House was designed by Denys Lasdun, one of the major figures in the post-war “Brutalist” movement in architecture.
Brutalism has proved an unfortunate nickname: it comes from the French “béton brut”, untreated concrete, and refers to the way that bare concrete is exposed showing the shuttering marks, but is often taken to mean that the buildings are brutal and unsympathetic to the mere humans who have to use them. As such, it is seen, wrongly, as synonymous with the many undoubted disasters of 1960s architectures and is often applied inappropriately to any large building of that era. In fact, Keeling House is a remarkably inventive and, dare one say it, humane example of a tower block: rather than one big slab it is made of four stacks of flats, canted away from each other in an irregular manner to maximise sunlight, which all converge on a central column housing not merely lifts but also a little plaza on every level where residents might meet, talk or hang out washing. The design comes closer to the perhaps unrealisable ideal of the “street in the sky” than most tower blocks.
By the 1980s it was run down but was refurbished and acquired a concierge system to control access, slightly changing the ground floor but without major damage to the design.
Winkley Estate
The Winkley Estate was laid out as combined housing and industrial development at the end of the 19th century and is now the core of the Old Bethnal Green Road Conservation Area. According to Tower Hamlets council's document on the Conservation Area, available at [[LinkExternal link]], "Four blocks of old terraced houses between Temple Street and Teesdale Street were demolished by Henry and Charles Winkley for their redevelopment. The Winkley Estate was built between 1898 and 1904 and combined three types of residential accommodation with three small factories, numerous cabinet makers’ workshops and shops on Old Bethnal Green Road."
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Friday, 18 May, 2012   (more nearby)
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Saturday, 19 May, 2012
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City, Town centre  Housing, Dwellings 
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Tower Block 
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OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 3458 8310 [10m precision]
WGS84: 51:31.8466N 0:3.6734W
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OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 3466 8298
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