Halifax Building Society, Halifax

April 13, 2011 Filed under: 1970s, Offices by BDP 5 comments

Placed 13rd in the Placebook vote of favourite buildings by BDP
Architectural critic Hugh Pearman introduces one of BDP's most famous (or infamous) buildings

A quite remarkable building of its period (early 1970s).

Championed by some leading critics at the time (Banham etc) for its almost Victorian confidence, disliked by others for the same reason.

Anticipates certain elements of Deconstruction, elevated on four huge columns with the ground plane running over a plinth below.

Masterly.

 

Hugh Pearman is a well known writer on architecture and design. He is Editor of the RIBA Journal, and a regular contributor to the Sunday Times and other publications.
www.hughpearman.com