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Heathrow HiltonAuthor: Tim Chapman • Oct 7th, 2005 •
Photos from a recent sojourn (en route to Singapore and Bali) at Ballard’s favourite location, the Heathrow Hilton. “The Heathrow Hilton, designed by Michael Manser, is a masterpiece. It is my favourite building in London, and keeps alive the spirit of the 20th century’s greatest architect, Le Corbusier. Beautifully proportioned, it resembles a cross between a brain surgery hospital and a space station. I am always supremely happy in its vast atrium, and I wait for the day when the whole of London resembles this future classic.”
“It’s part space-age hangar and part high-tech medical centre. It’s clearly a machine, and the spirit of Le Courbusier lives on in its minimal functionalism.”
“Sitting in its atrium one becomes, briefly, a more advanced kind of human
being. Within this remarkable building one feels no emotions and could never
fall in love, or need to.”
“I’d like everything to be like that. I’d like England to look as if everybody
was getting ready to leave for Mars.”
What happens when airport hotels and duty free complexes are allowed to inhabit
a whole city can, of course, be seen in Singapore.
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