Saturday, 9 November 2013

Forbidden Places by Sylvain Margaine

Through his explorations, Sylvain Margaine brings back to light forgotten witnesses of times now long gone. And sometimes, all it takes is to simply flip the coin to allow us to take a glance behind the curtain and contemplate the colossal mechanisms of the city-monster, never quite asleep nor dead.
It won’t take you long to understand you live in a place full of magic and mysteries, you were just too busy to realize these warp-zones are surrounding you…
Battersea Power Station, London, England
The coal-fired power station in Battersea, south-west London, was built in two stages: the first unit, completed in 1939, was overseen by the renowned architect Giles Gilbert Scott, who gave it an Art Deco interior. The plant took on its existing aspect when the second unit was built in the Fifties. It was finally decommissioned in 1983. Battersea Power Station became famous after Pink Floyd pictured it on their "Animals" album cover. Its characteristic silhouette was also picked up by other artists and filmmakers. The "cathedral of power" and land around it is now the subject of an £8 billion redevelopment which will restore the building to its former glory as well as create 3,500 new homes, offices, shops, restaurants, a theatre, a six-acre park and a £1 billion London Underground link



Aegidium Cinema, Brussels, Belgium
Behind the white, very regular and typically neoclassical façade, the Aegidium covers four floors of magnificent interiors in an eclectic style. Built in the early 20th century by the architect Guillaume Segers, this is one of the finest features of Saint-Gilles, a district south of Brussels city centre. From the elegant foyer to the imposing oval glass roof overlooking a wide marble staircase, everything seems to have been aesthetically thought through. Several eras merge as you cross an Art Nouveau entrance hall to reach a Louis XV conference room or a function room decorated in Moorish fashion, which was once converted into a cinema by architect Leon Denis. The Aegidium has been unoccupied since 1985, so needs restoration before it can reopen its doors to the public. The current owner, a community group, has decided to sell and a number of investors are now interested.

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