Time Travel. Greenwich meeting place.


Lets say, her name is Tati, and his name is Jay. Tatiana Dunenko and Jay Harrison, two different person the same age, who lives in the same place but in the different time.  28 Azof Street, SE10 0EF, London.

It was long day and long month for him, lots of meetings with clients which want to make business with his small own company. His train arrived to St Pancras, Saturday 12 pm.

She just finished her breakfast and tried her best to get ready to go out, she should go to Reading to spend weekend with her friends.

Jay left the station and walked along an empty Straightsmouth street, there was no-one. Saturday morning, everyone is sleeping after Friday’s revel, he thought. Passing Alfege Church and Greenwich park he went out to main street.There was nothing suspicious on his way home until he passed Greenwich, the starting point of time. All around him was strange and unfamiliar. A plate of shops…”Chinese food. Take away”. What’s going on, he thought.

After a long breakfast, she finally left the house. Having decided her usual route, Tanya went to Greenwich and thought to go to Greenwich station to take a train from there.



Reference activity

1. “We have always relied on the sun and wind to meet seasonal needs fro lighting, heating and cooling. As a consequence, in just a few decades we have witnessed and exponential growth in the consumption of resources, production of pollution and waste.

Buildings that a shape by the sun and wind promote social and ecological values by revealing how our lives can be powered by renewable resources. A true architecture of the sun and wind, is beautiful and fosters health, well-being, and a connection to the local site and ecosystems” (Mary Guzowsky, Towards zero energy architecture, p.7)

So I choose these reference because it is about environmental and health and also how to save energy.

2. “The red color and the effect of depth were obtained by painting the brick and by applying a second skin made up of industrial glass panels. Both these devices make the rugby gleam from a distance, although it is structure, color and sheen can be perceived very differently depending on the climate, the season of the year, the time of day, and the position of the observer.” (A.Bahamoni, P. Perer, Mineral architecture, p.35)

There was a part of exhibition about color palette, Living with building Giles Round.

3. “The indoor environment is very important for human health, comfort and productivity. However, pollutant levels indoors are often higher than those outside. One of the major studies related to indoor air quality. conducted by the US Environmental Protection Agency indicated that indoor air levels of many pollutants, maybe 2,5 times and occasionally more than 100 times higher, than outdoor levels. Health problems resulting from indoor air pollution have became one of the most acute environmental problems related to the built environment” (Annie R. Pearce, Young Han Ann and Hanmi Globa, Sustainable Buildings and Infrastructure, p.5)

This is about humans health and air pollution, also it depends which kind of material we used foe buildings.


Living with buildings.25 October. Welcome Collection

From 4 October till 3 March 2018 an amazing temporary exhibition at Welcome Collection  will tell you about the role of our environment and buildings, and how  place where do we live efforts on our mental and physical health (negative or positive). The material from which our houses are made, the color, the sanitised conditions – all of this affects our mood and health.

The buildings we live affect how we sleep, breath, adapt in society, how much we love ourselves (our self-confidence). Surrounding buildings also affect our mental state, whether we live inside or if they are just part of our environmental. The exhibition starts from Victorian London (since the 19 century), manuscript of Charles Dickens’ “Oliver Twist” (“that nothing effectual can be done for the elevation of the poor in England, until their dwelling places are made decent and wholesome”), through World War II (modernism, new buildings and high-rise blocks) to the present time with designs for garden cities and ideal villages. Some posters from exhibition tell you “Bad environment causes ill health. Good environment is the basis of health”.

I was more impressed with Chris Dowley-Brown work about Lincoln Court (1987-2011). How Hackney place buildings changed for 35 years. He looks photo of same building from the same perspective, decades apart.

1987. 14 floors building with big windows without balcony staying on his  “legs”. Grey concrete building with yellow bottom. Building looks nice with the exception of strange way how windows open. I find out from Flickr website (https://www.flickr.com/photos/chrisdb1/3212296685) what Charlene Riskz said about this: “My aunt and uncle used to live in those when they were the old style. The most dangerous windows you could ever imagine. As a kid we used to hang out of them but if you lent on one and it happened to be open.. then you would be out the window. And they lived on the top floor (15th)” .

2011. Tower have been renovated in major external changes.This has included the widespread application of cladding. Building looks quite the same from outside. There changes:  bright yellow paint from bottom changed to red, and windows improved a lot.  You might ask: why was it necessary to change the appearance of the building, if it looked better before the change? Ostensibly applied to improve weather-proofing and sound insulation, these treatment also veneered over the increasingly unpopular architecture of the postwar period. So building now looks more warm, safe and protected from soul outside no matter what the design has changed for the worse.

I would be quite depressed If I live there. Looks grey and boring, as huge buildings make you live like in cell.

In conclusion, I would say that idea of exhibition relevant in our time too. Some part of exhibiton are models of ideal villages which I think far away from reality.     Anyway must have to visit.

Canary Wharf tube station (E14 4HJ,London, UK)

For my research about London tube station I choose Canary Wharf. There was just one reason for that – I was about to move to Canary Wharf. By the way at the end I changed my mind and moved to North Greenwich (but this s another story).

The station was opened by Ken Livingston on 17 September 1999 and designed by architect Sir Norman Foster. The station is 24 metres (78 ft) deep and 265 metres (869 ft) long. There 20 escalators and 3 lifts.

CanaryWharf entrance
CanaryWharf entrance
CanaryWharf escalators
CanaryWharf escalators

When first time I arrived at the station and got out the train, my first expression was “WOOW, it is so huge!”. and the same time I was confused and feel lost, I didn’t know where to go, how can I go out.

Ground floor. Canary Wharf
Ground floor. Canary Wharf

There 3 glass canopy entrances which I love. The smallest entrance looks like Bilbao metro at Spain.

Canary Wharf entrances
Canary Wharf entrances

Station has a simple pallet of heavy materials: decorative concrete, stainless steel and glass.  there 3 floors: ground floor – where trains comes, 0 floor – for tickets machin, turnstile, kiosks and currency exchange, and also way out to DLR station. And first floor for entrance.

The amounts of doors at 0 floor makes me feel that the station has hidden behind the doors mysterious life.

Meeting room
Meeting room
Private door
Private door

But for me the station just huge. It is aloof, dark, makes me feel like I in a big business cave, and need just pass it and find my way out.

Canary Wharf commercial estate makes this station one of the busiest station at London.

Commuters. Canary Wharf Thursday, 19pm

So I have different feelings about this station. First, I like the simple stile and high celling, but the same time this station does not cause any emotions, feel empty.

I would like to develop navigation system. Every time when I use this station, Im confused where should I go, and move out from another exit, but I was sure that I was going right way.

But I love in sunny day when you are moving up through glass canopies.

Canary Wharf video