Mad Buildings: One

This is the first of a series in which I’ll be looking at the crazy architecture of Greenwich. On the one hand we have The Painted Hall, The Royal Observatory and St Alfege’s church. On the other hand…
I went down to see what the latest was with the ex-Jet garage and discovered this extremely odd building. It’s been unoccupied for years – and no wonder – it’s clearly a flat for one of Greenwich Film Unit’s film sets. It’s so hideous and yet bland at the same time that it could be any part of any town in Modern Britain, thus sticking to the GFU tag line “Greenwich – Could Be Bloody Anywhere…”

It’s actually ex-offices – “Dutton” – whoever they were, (a recruitment agency, if memory serves, but don’t quote me) and they presumably employed very thin people indeed…

I can only assume that the rather lovely East Greenwich Library next door is a very weird shape and that the nasty building in question was built according to the footprint available – it’s sort of rhomboid-with-bits-cut-out. Frankly I wouldn’t be gutted if they took Dutton away at the same time as the Jet garage, fumigated the lot and built something interesting – let’s face it – it couldn’t be worse than this (could it?)
In the meanwhile, it at least has comedy value for people waiting at the bus stop…

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