We hope you can join us on our first easy going ride of the year on Saturday 1 March 2014 when we will be looking at the architecture of railway stations. For this we are revisiting a ride we did in 2007, when the reinvention of St Pancras Station was the spur to explore London’s spectacular array of grand railway architecture.
Now, with Kings Cross awakened from its long grimy slumber, new stations at Farringdon and Blackfriars, and restorations complete or in progress at several other stations, it’s time to look again at how these, some of the most aggressively modern structures of the 19th century, are being re-interpreted by the architects and engineers of the 21st century.
Railway stations were an entirely new form of building, celebrating entirely new technology. But where does engineering end and architecture begin? Should stations hide or flaunt their function? Do we want them to remind us of cathedrals or shopping malls? What’s transverse ridge and furrow glazing? And why are there so many big stations in London? Help us to answer these and other questions as we explore the drama, history and swagger of London’s great railway stations.
Saturday 1 March 2014
Meet Waterloo Millennium Green, on the corner of Baylis Road and Waterloo Road, SE1 across the road from the Old Vic, 10.15am for a 10.30 start. Easy-paced ride, pub lunch, finishing about 4.30 in Blackfriars.