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Wirral Met College by Glenn Howells Architects

Just down the road from me is the new Wirral Met College on Wirral Waters. It’s been there a year now and there’s a few things I really like. First up is the design. It reminds me of Icelandic architecture. I like the big windows so people can see in and out. Turns out there’s a reason for this. It’s so people passing can understand the use of the building and also invite people in. The idea is that you can see people learning a skill and maybe think you could try it too. Clever. On the flip side it the view inspires the students. They’ll see the area develop over time and how the skills they’re learning can be put to real world use. Again, clever.

Last thing I like is that there’s nothing obscuring the view. No railings. No health and safety. There’s no railings in Amsterdam by the canals and there’s bars by the water. Turns out its not as big as an issue as you think. So they left the view uncluttered. I like that.

We went on a tour and they said that inside everything is left exposed. This is so that while the students are learning about buildings the teacher can actually point to a working example right above them. It’s good stuff.

Nice architecture. Inspiring and educating while also fitting in with the area. Hopefully the start of good things to come with Wirral Waters.

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Littlewoods Bunker by shedkm

I’m on a series of RIBA architecture tours over the next couple of weeks. The first was of shedkm’s very cool Littlewoods Bunker. Things I loved included the strong use of colour and bold typography against a concrete frame. Bold yellows, black and concrete. Nice. It’s a great little building and good to see the plans for the wider area. Once its all done the whole Littlewoods complex should be a great community. Read More

Lakes Alive in Kendal

A new festival up in Kendal. I cover so many events and I’m usually rushed off my feet trying to Pokémon it all. This was a festival just as jam packed as any but somehow super chilled out. Maybe it was because it was spread over a few days and we glampped over. Is that how you even use that word? Glamped over. Well thats what we did. Posh tent out in a field 5 minutes from a Morissons and idling sheep. I’m doing a middle class wrist flick snap yo.

Unfortunately we couldn’t see the first days performances due to work but the second and third were lovely. A giraffe roamed Kendal nibbling on the tall trees. There was a permanent full moon inside a church. You made your own screen print totes. Live music filled another church at night. You could fly a drone and a project by Ironbird and Draw & Code, Bird Hive let you fly over the Lakes with a 360 degree VR experience like you were a bird… Or well a bird captured by a robot from a dystopian future perhaps as when you looked up you would see your drone overlord. VR outdoors made for a super accessible experience.

On Sunday a few hundred people helped to build a stunningly beautiful installation about climate change. Everything was in walking distance and there was a festival beer too which I grew to like quite quickly. The installation was called Minimum Monument by Néle Azevedo. 3,500 tiny ice figures had been made by the local community and transported up to Kendal Castle to be installed by whoever visited the castle on the day. It wasn’t just a thing to look at you had the task of building the piece of artwork. It really helped people think about the issue of climate change without thinking about politics and science.

Oh and there was Lego used like putty to fill holes in a wall. This festival had so much to love.

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