TQ3483 : Keeling House, Claredale Street, E2

taken 7 years ago, near to Bethnal Green, Tower Hamlets, Great Britain

Keeling House, Claredale Street, E2
Keeling House, Claredale Street, E2
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.

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Date Taken
Friday, 18 May, 2012   (more nearby)
Saturday, 19 May, 2012
Geographical Context
Housing, Dwellings  City, Town centre 
Housing (from Tags)
Tower Block 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 3458 8310 [10m precision]
WGS84: 51:31.8466N 0:3.6734W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 3460 8310
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WEST (about 270 degrees)
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Block of Flats  Tower Block  Brutalism  Brutalist 

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