Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Corner of Kensington Place and Victoria Street



There is no way you could describe Victoria Street as one of the world’s best urban spaces. Soulless, dismal, the location of utilitarian government departments. However, walking from Victoria Station into Victoria Street I noticed the above iconic building (corner of Kensington Place and Victoria Street).

It put me in mind of a predatory raptor - a corporate vulture looking to prey upon some hapless passer-by. Kafka in The Castle imagined such a relationship between form and function. Possibly these are the London offices of the Wal-Mart Corporation?

More on Wal-Mart (they own Asda in the United Kingdom): http://walmartwatch.com/

More on Kafka’s The Castle: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Castle_%28novel%29

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