Baynard House is probably more known for its car park or for being described as; ” … an acutely depressing L-shaped block … extending over the road tunnels of the diverted Upper Thames Street. … Its massive projecting balconies might possibly approach monumentality, were they not clad in pre-cast aggregate panels.”
Baynard House is showing signs of neglect, wear, tear, age, and perhaps as much exasperation as a concrete monolith can express. All that said, there are beautiful moments secluded within the bulk of the structure. Impressive textures, lovely lines, rhythmic geometry, quiet hues and it casts interesting shadows.
Despite its blunt appearance, Baynard House hides an unexpected history. Somewhere in the depths of its foundations is the former site of Baynard’s Castle built before 1017. Zoom forward to the 1970s and William Halford is in the midst of designing and delivering the Brutalist structure that we see today. It served originally as telephone exchange.
It has an easily accessible raised “garden” for the curious to explore. Here you can marvel at the strange sculpture that depicts the 7 ages of man and a colossal air vent for the carpark below which we find particularly pleasing.