and now for my next trick

clorindo testa london bank

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I really want to see this bank someday – in Buenos Aires.  Brutalism had such a bad reputation for so long.  I think things are coming around now, thankfully.  Look at how strong this is, but despite its strength how it belongs comfortably on the street with everything else – the cars, the people the noise.

I discovered this building – only in print so far – by reading Peter Cook’s description from the Architectural Review

And there it was, but even better, much better. Absolutely amazing in fact! The published information had dealt with the shapes of parts of Clorindo Testa’s Bank of London & South America, but couldn’t begin to communicate the brilliance of the space, the sophistication of the detail, the cleverness of the encompassment of a tight city corner. In several subsequent visits to that city (our favourite weekender if it were about 12 hours nearer), I have delighted in wheeling round my friends from other parts of Europe. They too are amazed and gradually join the substantial Testa fan club. However smug we become about the richness and choice of European buildings, there is always the promise of the realisable dream beyond our geographical, but not our buildable, frontiers.


From elpica on Flickr.

More information from Galinsky.


Written by Peter Rudd

March 16, 2009 at 8:07 pm

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  1. gotta love that hanging wall of death.


    March 16, 2009 at 8:32 pm

  2. must one day risk standing under it

    peter rudd

    March 16, 2009 at 8:50 pm

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