Is it a WW2 bunker, is it a sci-fi castle? No, it's Trellick's service tower > follow the trilogy in the feed. .
It may look like your archetypal modernist brute, but architect Ernö Goldfinger had some very clever ideas for the slim, freestanding unit in signature bush-hammered concrete and arrow slit windows. He moved all the noisy equipment like lifts, heating and pumps into the separate unit, placing the boiler-room and water tanks on the top. This would allow the residents to enjoy their spacious flats and breathtaking views over London even more. .
But like many, originally altruist-minded, high-rise housing developments in the 60s and 70s, Trellick clashed badly with the harsh realities of low funding and lack of security. The effects on residents where overwhelmingly destructive and alienating. Before soon, the playground had to be roofed because of the dead cats, tellies, nappies, drugs on string etc etc pelting down.
. "An architecture built for war”, sci-fi novelist J.G. Ballard wryly commented at the time. In 1975, three years after Trellick's completion, he published the novel "High-Rise". It is a bleak apocalyptic tale about the social and physical disintegration of a community of 2000 people living in a 40-floor apartment tower in London.
Much of it appears to have been based directly on Trellick: the extended height, the starkly modernist facade and balconies, the pronounced stairs and elevators. Right down to the riots, swift slumification and scenes of complete anarchy and carnage - in the novel, the tenants end up eating each other (and their dogs). If you haven't, watch the sleek 2015 movie version starring Tom Hiddleston. And wonder for a moment how much material Trellick’s current transformation from beast to beauty amid the backdrop of rampantly gentrifying London, luxury ghost towers and the charred carcass of nearby Grenfell has there for a modern day sequel. #sweetbrutalist #playhunter .
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