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View of Excel Conference Centre from over the Thames on the Emirates Cable Car

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View from Thames Emirates Cable car crossing

On a recent trip to Excel, the huge exhibition centre to the East of London, I decided to travel via the (Emirates) Cable Car which runs from Greenwich North straight to Excel.  (For those who don’t live locally but who may find yourselves in need to visiting Excel I recommend this way of getting there!)

The last time I did the trip, the sky was full of those characteristic cloud and sunshine combinations that make the weather here so great (and so difficult) for photography.  Just as I passed the mid point across the Thames and was approaching the north bank, the sun broke through and illuminated the structural spars of the exhibition centre.

To me, the picture has a lovely calm despite the dramatic atmosphere.

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Singleton Environment Centre, Nr Ashford 2006

As I am in London all day tomorrow, I thought I’d squeeze this in today!

I had a rather quick but interesting visit to the Singleton Environment Centre recently with my good friend Jasper.  I somehow missed this completing in 2006 (that was a very busy time!!).

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I can remember during my first (and only) year of an architecture degree, my tutor telling me that most buildings are designed in less than ideal circumstances for less than ideal sites (or something along those lines).

This though looks like an ideal commission in a ideal location!

BBM Architects, Singleton Centre Building, Neaer Ashford, Kent

BBM Architects, Singleton Centre Building, Neaer Ashford, Kent

BBM Architects, Singleton Centre Building, Neaer Ashford, Kent

BBM Architects, Singleton Centre Building, Neaer Ashford, Kent

BBM Architects, Singleton Centre Building, Neaer Ashford, Kent

I think the building works ok, it sits comfortably in it’s surroundings and the tree columns place it very definitely in the mid naughties!  This said I remain slightly unsure about this sort of eco-modernism and I can’t quite put my finger on why!

BBM Architects, Singleton Centre Building, Neaer Ashford, Kent

But whatever I think, the people there were relaxed and obviously happy in the space and that has got to be the best test of any building.

BBM Architects, Singleton Centre Building, Neaer Ashford, Kent

(Apologies for the abundant fire extinquishers, benches, bins, gas bottles etc)