We see, (and expect to see), beautiful and intricate designs in grand palaces, religious buildings, monuments, etc., but what I always enjoy seeing is these designs on the mundane and unexpected places.
For instance this is the interior of Smithfield Market in London. It’s a meat market, the largest wholesale meat market in the UK. It’s been around for about eight hundred years, thought the current buildings are less than two hundred, but take a look at the exterior and interior of the market, would you find any hint of design in a more modern market?
Here’s the Holborn Viaduct, (a former railway station), over Farringdon Street, and once again intricate design on something most wouldn’t bother looking up at.
And then how about a bit of shopping? Here’s the exteriors of a couple of former shops in Paris.
I suppose they’re more unexpected because so many of these buildings covered in intricate design have been torn down to make room for cheap, (in every definition of this word), concrete and glass blocks. I believe that people used to take pride in the structures they created, and perhaps less on how much more money they could make if they cut out certain things.
I’m not kidding, in certain areas of Toronto, I walk close to the buildings to avoid the many parts of new condos that fall from far above.