Friday, 14 December 2012

Another Oxford Street Beauty

A Portland Stone beauty on Oxford Street North Side. And look at that decoration, that crest, those mosaics.

Thursday, 13 December 2012

Transforming Oxford Street

Oxford Street urgently needs a refurb. Its buildings recall a grander age of retail and they could delight us again.

Wednesday, 12 December 2012

Looking Up to Oxford Street

Haha, neither the smog nor the freezing fog but, as previously noted, the shadow of Oxford Street's South Side on the buildings of the North Side - highlighting the beautiful gables.
PS: I'd love to know who designed the remarkable little building featured yesterday (please see below).

Monday, 10 December 2012

Oxford Street North Side on the Corner of Hanway Place

What do you make of this Oxford Street building? I find it a jewel of restrained modernist design. It's No. 52, on the corner of Oxford Street and Hanway Place, and if you can throw any light on its architectural origins I'd be grateful. It's presently home to a perfectly nice Noodle Oodle on the ground floor.

The side elevation shows the design in more detail. The paint is relatively recent: the original surface is shiny black highly polished stone.

Oxford Street North Side

Oxford Street is a beautifully wide street, with  beautiful period architecture - capable of being transformed into a true boulevard.

Friday, 7 December 2012

Oxford Street in the Age of Crossrail

This building is in what is known as the low-rent end of Oxford Street - but in fact all the buildings above the shops fronts are magnificent in some way. Given enough TLC, they could transform Oxford Street into a European quarter of distinction.  .

Thursday, 6 December 2012

The Splendour of Oxford Street North Side

Oh, look at that architectural flourish at the top, those window arches, and those Ionic columns - what you can see of them in the picture - cf. the previous entry for explanation of the strong shadow.

Wednesday, 5 December 2012

The Gables of Oxford Street North Side

Picturing the section of Oxford Street that runs from Oxford Circus to Tottenham Court Road, but this time the North Side.

Note: these pictures were all taken at noon on Sunday when the low sun had moved to the north - you can see the shadow of the buildings on the opposite side of the street superimposed on the North Side buildings, showing up the beauty of the gables even more imo.

Tuesday, 4 December 2012

Last Shot of Oxford Street South Side

The intersection of Oxford Street and Tottenham Court Road,* the Centrepoint building on the left; the brave new architecture of one of Crossrail's central London hubs will sit on the corner.

 *As a bonus, a view of the familiar convoy of London's taxi cabs plying for trade and holding up legitimate public transport vehicles.