Wednesday, August 27, 2008

A Hefty Architectural Beauty

Princess Margaret Hospital, Cashmere, Christchurch. August 2008. Ajr
When you look down on Princess Margaret Hospital from the hills above, it has a huge, brutal, institutional look to it that would hardly encourage visitors. Yet from the front, this gigantic red brick building - designed in 1946 by the architectural partnership of Seward and Stanton and opened in 1959 - has a striking series of curves and a solid, utilitarian beauty that caught me quite off guard when I visited a friend there last week. Maybe we can put some of that down to the Dutch Modern architectural style that influenced the original design.

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