Tuesday, July 27, 2010

The Century Building



The Century Building (1938-40) is Marcus Barlow’s vertical Streamlined Moderne updating of his Modern Gothic Manchester Building on the next corner completed 6 years earlier.

With its abstracted corner tower, uninterrupted vertical fins and boldly horizontal and stepping streamlined canopy (the soffit is particularly notable), the limit-height Century Building is smartly Moderne. Common to both buildings, however, was the external cladding material: faience-glazed terracotta tiles, which Barlow used frequently as they provided a permanent and impervious finish. Wunderlich Limited, producers of faience, used the Century Buiilding in their advertisements, saying of it: ‘it gives a permanent freshness and sparkle to this fine building. Window spandrels are in hand moulded terracotta glazed neutral grey to achieve an arresting architectural contrast’.

5 comments:

paul said...

This is a great combination: the straight-line architecture seen through the unruly branches of a winter tree. Lovely.

Peter said...

wow - love this shot.

Abraham Lincoln said...

Nice look at the local architecture.

Buck said...

That is a great photo. The trees are the perfect contrast to the regimented lines of the building. And the history is fascinating!

magiceye said...

neat perspective!

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