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London — By Andrea Kirkby on September 22, 2009 at 2:34 pm
Filed under: architecture, History & Information, light bar, shoreditch

Hurrah! a victory for Shoreditch residents

I’ve often lamented the loss of London’s character on this blog – the homogenisation of our shopping streets, the destruction of old buildings and streetscapes.

It’s nice, for once, to be able to report a success – a wonderful building saved from the bulldozers.

News has just come through that property developer Hammerson has changed its plans for development in Shoreditch to save the Light Bar – a thoroughly individual and very attractive late nineteenth century building.

The Light was originally an electricity substation – but it was built in a delightfully classical style, using rich red brick and creamy white detailing to transform a brusque cuboid into a building of real character.

The Architects’ Journal shows the plans as revised by the developer – the bar looks rather marooned at the foot of a huge glass-and-metal cliff, but it’s a strong enough building to stand up to this kind of treatment.

If you like late nineteenth century architecture, Shoreditch is a fantastic place to go and look around – there are still a good few buildings in eclectic styles, ranging from Venetian palaces to pseudo-classical temples. I do hope the area manages to preserve its built heritage – the sheer fantasy and imagination of some of these buildings is quite amazing.

Photo by Ewan Munro on flickr

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