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Isle of Dogs Storm Water Pumping Station / John Outram


Post modern architecture — it’s not for everyone. But sometimes it strikes the right balance of whimsy, risk, and stateliness, like this storm water pumping station in the East End of London, which was recently awarded a heritage listing.

Designed by architect John Outram and completed in 1988, the edifice-like structure — known as the Isle of Dogs Storm Water Pumping Station — is the first post modern building to be designated under Historic England’s effort to protect the country’s best examples of the divisive architectural style, according to The Spaces.

Among Outram’s best-known buildings, the pumping station features a striated brick façade, thick, rounded columns with brightly coloured and geometrically patterned capitals, and a corrugated pediment accented with a circular object resembling a jet engine — via Curbed

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