Click to enlarge - it's worth it!
Briefest of posts to say: yay!
...I have been passing the building regularly over the last few months, and I've become aware of how visible the building is from the surrounding area. Over night it's turned into a reference point or landmark for this part of the Southside. I wonder if it will be come an iconic image of the Southside...
I do hope so...
See previous blogs, especially this one:
...pleased that local people are appreciating this!
Of course I've been a ballet nut since my first plie aged five, although I will spare the world the pic of a gap toothed me, in tutu. Instead I recommend the link above, as it has several very good pictures of the building, which are also on Flickr:
Further pics and interiors here:
and a review from Architecture Today
However, a particular joy of this building to me is the signage, embedded in the front elevation concrete, and a part of the design of the building. If only all architects would take care with such details; little detracts from a building more than a sign stuck on as an afterthought, while a good one considered at the outset is an enhancement.
Scotsman building, North Bridge, Edinburgh, proudly signed - and with an office next to that, which architect could fail to be inspired? (Click on pics to enlarge)
The Scotsman: history
My sixth form art prize, I chose Basic Design: The Dynamics of Visual Form by Maurice De Sausmarez and I'm pleased to see, after several decades, it's still in print. It should be required reading for all.
PS I also like the signage on the Scottish Poetry Library, a close- up of which I note is currently its Twitter avatar @ByLeavesWeLive
The jury is still out here about this one, although its use as a locational marker after a neet oot on the toon (it's MFA's Dance City, Newcastle) is acknowledged, and at least the colour is soothing on the eyes....
Further pictures here:
PPS - a previous post about signs (pubs)
and this has a pic of Princes Street BHS, where the lettering is a joy