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On the Other Side of the Castle

Youtz / twilight / twig / antenna

On the other side of the castle

Argyle House, Edinburgh

Oblique rain

fall     in the glitch

land   (e)scape(s)

Now playing: The Bug vs Earth – ‘Other Side of the World’ from Concrete Desert.

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Observation Psychogeography rag-pickings Signs and Signifiers

The Brutalist Butterfly

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Walking up Lady Lawson Street in Edinburgh, I stopped for a closer look at Argyle House, an office block dating from 1968, designed by the architectural practice of Michael Laird & Partners.  The building has many critics and is often described as an ‘eyesore’ and one of Edinburgh’s ‘ugliest buildings’. It appears to exist under a constant threat of erasure from property developers, and the City of Edinburgh Council, proposing new (re)development schemes.

The façade which borders the north side of West Port and the junction of Lady Lawson Street is very much of the brutalist box style. All right angles, rectangular windows and the material heft of concrete and harling.

Today, walking in behind the building, I see it from a different angle. The hidden curves, the windows as light reflecting scales. It takes on the appearance of some brutalist insect, flexing its wings, as if about to fly.

Now playing: Asva – Futurists Against the Ocean.