Number 65

Through the Brass Lens

Joined December 2009

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Looking down the hallway of a derelict flat within a derelict tower block.

Taken with a Canon EOS 40D with a Sigma 10-20mm F4-5.6 EX DC wide angle lens.

Tone mapping in Photomatix Pro, with curves and finishing touches in Photoshop CS5.

Quoted from UK Housing Wiki:

Harlech Tower is a 47 metre tall tower block on Wilmot Drive on the Lyndhurst estate in Erdington, Birmingham, England. It is the tallest tower block on the estate at 16 storeys in height. It has 91 flats.
Construction of the tower was approved in 1958 and was completed in 1960. In 1961, it won the Civic Award for housing, along with the rest of the estate, mainly for the architectural qualities which include an exposed concrete frame, full height glass stair case, false upper level to hide the laundry facilities and the detailed exterior to the building.

It is perched on top of a mound giving it a greater presence over the estate and surrounding area. It also improves the views from the top of the tower which include views over to Sutton Park and Birmingham city centre. To the rear is a recreation ground.

The demolition of the tower is planned and the site will be redeveloped. Low rise properties will be constructed on site and the money raised from the sale of these properties will fund the refurbishment of the existing tower blocks.

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