St George’s Hall – Henry Lonsdale Elmes/Charles Cockerell 1841-1854
Arriving in Liverpool St George’s Hall is one of the first things you notice. Situated opposite the train station this building provides a wonderful first impression of Liverpool. I remember being wowed by it as soon as I saw it.
St George’s Hall is unusual as it’s beautiful grand rooms (entertainment and exhibition spaces) are housed in the same building as the old courthouse and jail holding cells. Merging the two very different types of building together was done to keep costs down. This compromise was made so that the detailing of the grander parts of the building did not have to be compromised.
On a guided tour you can learn all about the fascinating history of St George’s Hall. A must do in my opinion.
Royal Albert Dock – Jesse Hartley/Phillip Hardwick – 1846
Honoured by the official title of the Royal in 2018 the Royal Albert Dock is now a cultural hub of Liverpool comprising of restaurants and museums including the Tate Liverpool.
Tate and Lyle Sugar Silo – Tate and Lyle – 1955
The sugar Tate and Lyle sugar silo was built close to Liverpool’s docks. With the money he made from sugar Henry Tate established the Tate Gallery in London.
b. 13.07.1941 d. 11.04.1918
As a member of the Viennese Secession movement Wagner was a pioneering architect in Vienna and Europe known for his work in the Jugendstil style. Vienna is still full of Wagner’s work today including arguably one of the most famous Jugendstil (Art Nouveau) works of all time, the Karlplatz pavilions. whilst I was in Vienna I was lucky enough to visit three of Wagner’s great works, the Karlplatz pavilion, Majolica House and the Post Office Savings bank. These buildings are amongst my favourite buildings that I have been luck enough to see.
Majolica House – Otto Wagner – 1899
Majolica House is a beautiful example of the Jugendstil movement. The facade is the only visible part of the building. The interior is privately owned, apartments I think. It is difficult to to clearly see all of the details of this building. You have to cross the road to get a good view but the detailing in the design of this exterior is striking. Another Wagner gem.
The Secession Building – Joseph Maria Olbrich – 1898
The Viennese Secession movement, was founded by a group of artists including Gustav Klimt, Josef Hoffman and Joseph Maria Olbrich. The secession building was designed by Olbrich and built as an exhibition centre.
In the basement of the building there is a very special piece of artwork by Klimt, the Beethoven Frieze which is painted on the upper walls in one of the rooms and was a real treat to discover.
The Secession building has been immortalised in the 50 cent euro coin proving its significance 120 years later.
coop Himmelb(l)au is Viennese architect and design firm that is known worldwide for it’s experimental, ‘decontructivst’ style. The company was founded in 1968 by Wolf D. prix, Helmut Swiczinsky and Micheal Holzer and now the company employs up to 150 people and has offices in London, Vienna, Los Angeles and Australia.