Student accommodation in the Ziggurats

Brutal Utopias – The UEA

(from a visit on 3 October 2015)

I was delighted when I heard that The National Trust was organising a series of tours to celebrate post-war brutalist architecture. I love concrete buildings – not always the most popular viewpoint I know – but I believe that buildings such as these deserve to be treasured and preserved. They are a distinctive and important and part of our heritage and it is great to see the National Trust on-side in what is becoming an increasingly divided argument.

Brutal Utopias Tour at the UEA
Brutal Utopias Tour at the UEA

The tours on offer were at The Southbank Centre in London, Park Hill in Sheffield and The University of East Anglia in Norwich. I’d always wanted to visit the UEA and offer of a guided tour combined with a chance to visit friends in Norfolk made this my destination of choice.

The tour was great, informal, friendly and informative. We were given access to some of the interiors including the Council Chamber and the Ziggurats. Unfortunately the interior of the Teaching Wall was off-limits but we had pretty much free-rein of the rest of the site.

Denys Lasdun’s original architectural model
Denys Lasdun’s original architectural model
The Council Chamber
The Council Chamber
The Teaching Wall
The Teaching Wall
Walkways
Walkways
The Teaching Wall
The Teaching Wall
Concrete steps
Concrete steps
Student accommodation in the Ziggurats
Student accommodation in the Ziggurats
The Ziggurats at the UEA
The Ziggurats
The UEA Library
The UEA Library
The UEA Library
The UEA Library
The UEA Library
The UEA Library
The Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts
The Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts
Our tour group outside the Sainsbury Centre
Our tour group outside the Sainsbury Centre
Overlooking the Ziggurats
Overlooking the Ziggurats
I Love Concrete Buildings
I Love Concrete Buildings

You can view the full set of images that I shot on the visit on my Flickr stream.

 

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