The very fact we are estate agents means that bricks and mortar are a big part of our lives, we eat sleep and breathe the stuff of course! We all have our favourite buildings and I’m going to let you into the minds of some of us who work here at Davis Brown estate agents in Fitzrovia.
Let’s start with The Shard, designed by Renzo Piano as a spire –like sculpture emerging from the River Thames, housing 87 storeys – modern architecture at its best as is the thinking of our residential property manager Lisa.
John our graduate surveyor and newest recruit chose 1 Canada Square, this skyscraper in Canary Wharf was the tallest building in the UK from 1990-2010, standing at 770 feet and containing 50 storeys. Then The Shard was built and knocked it off the tallest spot!
The Old Palace at Hatfield House, Hertfordshire is a favourite of Tony, one of our Directors. It was built in 1485 by the Bishop of Ely and was one of the foremost examples of medieval brickwork in the country. Henry VIII owned it and Elizabeth I spent most of her childhood here. Steeped in history and exceedingly beautiful it’s easy to see why this would be in the mix!
Our other favourites include 20 Fenchurch Street AKA The Walkie Talkie building, it stands at 525 feet tall making it the 13th tallest in London. The Natural History Museum – nothing not to love there! St Pancras Station, the Cathedral of Santa Maria in Palma, Windsor Castle and the Union Building in Pretoria, South Africa. As you can see we have diverse tastes – always good for a discussion in the office!