Category Archives: Architecture
Looking at some of the half dozen or so pumping stations in and around Launceston it seems these small utility buildings give the architect an opportunity to let his or her imagination run free. Maybe its to test new combinations of building materials or train labour. Very few people are going to question the style or design of a building that sits tucked away in a corner between a riverbank levee and a main road. Its likely that very few people even care and even if they did object in some way there are many excuses that could used to make stifle debate. This building is the way it is for functional reasons. This building is the way it because of costs etc. But whatever the reason here we have an industrial building that is designed for a specific purpose in a style that echo’s the period in which was created and visually gives those of us who are interested something to ponder upon.
Its always an interesting thing to look at when one era borrows from another. In this case the shape of the door is Elizabethan generally and was used in the odd English fortified home before that. And yet here we have a door in a building that likely just preceded or was built at the time of the most recognisable modern twentieth century style that being Art Deco.
Rosetta is beautiful Art Deco home on the edge of West Launceston or is it Prospect? Its quite difficult to photograph any other angle than the front of this home but it has all of the feature that typify the Art Deco Style, flying balconies on two sides, curved walls and steel framed windows all in good condition for its age. However there is one little feature that is downright quirky, a mimicked single corinthian column on the right hand side of the very ampley wide door.
Is this a little visual joke, a builders error or a client, architect compromise. What ever it is, its an oddment and an interesting find. Again it would be pleasure to have a look around and photograph this building…
‘Lignum concrete’ the heart of the brutalist construction… Wood grain set in concrete so easy on the eye and to explore by touch – no splinters!