Bastion Or Garden Feature, Including Ramps is a grade two (II) listed building in Golden Lane Estate Designed Landscape, City of London, London, EC1Y. It was first listed in 1997.
About Bastion Or Garden Feature, Including Ramps
TQ 3282 SW 627-0/3/10180
GOLDEN LANE (west side) Bastion or garden feature, including ramps
GV II Rondpoint or garden feature. Part of original design won in competition 1952; built 1956-57. Winning competition design by Geoffry Powell, design developed and built by Chamberlin, Powell and Bon. Reinforced concrete clad in granite blocks. Circular bastion with continuous seat on each side, paved in granite setts and reached via steps, and with curved ramp on one side, which has steel balustrade.
SPECIAL INTEREST The bastion was in the original design, and enclosed the strong north-south axis of the competition layout, which survives though it is not emphasised in the version as built. It, the steps and ramp, also highlight the changes in levels within the scheme. Its greatest significance, however, is as the principal circular element within the formal grid of rectangular blocks, gardens and terraces at Golden Lane. Out of the featureless landscape of derelict, bombed warehouses with deep basements, Chamberlin, Powell and Bon developed their interest in three-dimensional planning to achieve a particularly interesting, urban pattern, a mixture of picturesque planning laced with the formal geometry which was becoming a powerful force in the early 1950s. Though the most conscious landscape feature of the estate, there is nothing left to chance of nature in the bastion either.
HISTORY AND ANALYSIS The development and importance of the Golden Lane Estate is explained in the entry for Great Arthur House.
(Architectural Review: June 1957: 415-26; City of London Corporation Record Office: Surviving drawings and perspectives) .
Where is Bastion Or Garden Feature, Including Ramps?
Bastion Or Garden Feature, Including Ramps is located on Golden Lane, in Golden Lane Estate Designed Landscape, City of London, London, EC1Y.
|Grid Reference||TQ 32189 82127|
|Easting, Northing||532189, 182127.36084|
|Latitude, Longitude||51.522596, -0.096036|
|Grade listing||II (two)|
|English Heritage List Entry Number||1021952|