Cutting edge engineering of C18th Bath Abbey VERSUS cutting edge engineering of C21st London Olympic Stadium
I recently had the good fortune to spend a weekend in the lovely city of Bath and visited the Bath Abbey with it’s explosion of fine English perpendicular architecture. It might not be as old as Canterbury but despite it’s relative youth it remains a fine example of some of the highest-tech engineering solutions for the time.
It occurred to me that the works I am photographing as part of the ongoing commission at the London Olympic Stadium Transformation project perfectly illustrates the same high tech and cutting edge engineering brought up to the minute. So I thought it might be interesting to look at the two buildings alongside each other:
It has been a while since I last posted anything here. this has been due primarily to the pressures of my commissioned work but while I was shooting at the Olympic Stadium project today I took this from the very top of the structure. It wasn’t the best lighting but it remains a fine view and one that is not often seen and once the project is complete it will be seen even less!
I took a train to Nottingham last week and had a few minutes in the station waiting for it to come in. Having just had it’s first birthday the John MacAslan structure is looking good and well worth a few pics while waiting.
It was built by the French company Vinci and was engineered by Arups.
Here is a time-lapse of the construction courtesy of The Telegraph:
With the Getty Museum project now complete, I thought I take a few pics of the wonderful roofspace up at the top of the cathedral. Unfortunately the numerous firewalls prevent one getting a vista of the entire roofspace and one can only imagine what that view must be like. But each section on it’s own has a degree of dynamism particularly those that have windows. The other sections, without the benefit of natural light are vast caverns of darkness and in these conditiions (even with the few measly lights that there are, turned on) the rather incongruous signpost, is a very useful addition. Carrying a compass helps too!
You get to the roof via a very long, continuous and pretty steep stone stairway complete with irregular tread heights which make slipping a constant hazard. If you were to miss a step and start an involuntary descent, you’ll keep on going until you hit the bottom. So one tends to use the rusty handrail thoughtfully provided. Stone staircases in cramped settings are really difficult (if not impossible!) to shoot in such a way that demonstrates both their height and steepness. Nevertheless I gave it a try and failed on both those counts. But as the shot looks to me more like a snail shell than a staircase, I claim success in showing a stone staircase as a snail shell.
The last shot was taken from the Clerestory which I took simply because I was there!
Back to the world of new buildings tomorrow.
Happened to be in Kingston last week-end, looked up and saw this:
Bentalls Centre Roof, Kingston, Surrey
Interestingly I can find no record on Google about who designed the new (1992) building! which is a bit odd.