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RE: Iconic buildings of Birmingham, some still with us some now gone.

#91 by Sheldonboy , Sat May 01, 2010 8:59 pm

Yes New Street station was well built, I would imagine to take the constant vibration of the trains. But in my eyes as a building design from an aesthetic point of view it is as ugly as the reference library. SB


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RE: Iconic buildings of Birmingham, some still with us some now gone.

#92 by Voltman , Sat May 01, 2010 11:58 pm

Yes SB, quite right, another ugly unfinished lump of reinforced concrete we were supposed to accept as an archtectural success.
I bet the pillocks that designed and built it don't live in similar monstrosities.

Who in their right mind would finish a building in rough dirt catching surfaces in the middle of an industrial city?
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RE: Iconic buildings of Birmingham, some still with us some now gone.

#93 by phil ( deleted ) , Sun May 02, 2010 1:38 pm

SB & VM

I neither like or dislike these two buildings.Try looking at them with a 1960's perspective. New Street station for instance, once past the main entrance on Stephenson St there was no architectural merit to the station at all, other than it boasted the largest glass roof in England when it was first built.

As for the Library, I agree that the old building was more aesthetically pleasing than the new one. But it was too small for the City's needs, just as this one is now too small for our needs today.

Don't forget when these two structures were built concrete was king. There are many such concrete monstrosities all over England. They have even given listed protection to the lion & bear pens at Dudley Zoo.

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RE: Iconic buildings of Birmingham, some still with us some now gone.

#94 by Sheldonboy , Sun May 02, 2010 2:02 pm

I still don't like them


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RE: Iconic buildings of Birmingham, some still with us some now gone.

#95 by Voltman , Sun May 02, 2010 2:54 pm

Yeah, we don't like 'em and you can't make us.


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#96 by Sheldonboy , Sun May 02, 2010 3:04 pm

Don't worry VM, Phils just upset because he never got the job of demolishing them.


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RE: Iconic buildings of Birmingham, some still with us some now gone.

#97 by Voltman , Sun May 02, 2010 3:17 pm

He does interior works as well you know SB,...rips 'em I out believe.


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RE: Iconic buildings of Birmingham, some still with us some now gone.

#98 by phil ( deleted ) , Sun May 02, 2010 4:27 pm

Ve haff vays of making you like zeese things, I shouldn't be saying that on a German owned site. They will be chucking us off. Don't mention the war.


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RE: Iconic buildings of Birmingham, some still with us some now gone.

#99 by Voltman , Mon May 03, 2010 11:33 am

I did but I think I got away with it.


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RE: Iconic buildings of Birmingham, some still with us some now gone.

#100 by Voltman , Wed May 08, 2013 4:11 pm

This website has a load of photographs taken around the town which although fairly recent are now quite historic.

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RE: Iconic buildings of Birmingham, some still with us some now gone.

#101 by phil ( deleted ) , Wed May 08, 2013 5:05 pm

Volty

I think you will find that there are several of John's photos on the site already. In fact the ones I have used I have credited to him which is all he asks for the use pf his photos. John is to be congratulated for his very excellent collection and also his willingness to share the fruit of his labours.

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