SAVE SOUTHEND-ON-SEA CENTRAL LIBRARY poster text:
“Central Library, built in 1974, is a challenging Brutalist building with clean, hard lines, softened inside by padded walls, carpeting and books. Through its elegant windows the dreary landscape of Victoria Avenue is softened by trees. The walls of the central service core are clad in ceramic tiles, an abstract design by Fritz Stellar, whose work at Hudderfield’s Queensgate Market is now listed.
Central Library is built of concrete in the tradition of many urban libraries and is related through materials and usage to a distant ancestor, Rome’s Pantheon which was built in 120 BC and still stands today. The Pantheon too was a meeting place, a place for discussion and learning. But, gaze at your library’s spaceious, light filled atrium… it’s airy aisles… it’s a place to think & dream.
Reflect upon it’s clean modernist lines, it’s not unlike those we aspire to in our homes today.
Like the Pantheon, Central Library was designed to perform a specific function; at it’s heart the local community. It’s an adaptable space, and has shown it moves with the times. But it will be demolished in 2013 and relocated within the University as part of Southend’s regeneration. It’s community centered dynamic gone forever.
SAVE SOUTHEND-ON-SEA CENTRAL LIBRARY
SHOULD EVERYTHING LOOK THE SAME, FEEL THE SAME, BE THE SAME – VOTE FOR ORIGINALITY AND FOR THE UNIQUE…”
Focal Point Gallery/Savoir Faire
Focal Point Gallery/Prints
Savoir Faire, catalogue text, Andrew Hunt
Savoir Faire, catalogue text, Nicholas Cullinan