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Doors in/to Cities: London

by Andrew Wade

This is the back entrance to a building holding office space for creative industries as well as a photography gallery on Blackall Street in East London.  I occasionally use the office space on the top floor and this serves as my usual gateway into the building.  The door, along with the metal security shutter, grimy London stock brick, and surrounding layers of stickers and graffiti partially captures the genius loci of the neighbourhood.  While the main entrance on the other side of the building - into a double height space framed by glass - is more representative of a presentation space, this narrow service street is less self-conscious and more expressive of the area's creative energy.  To me this side of the building represents the workshop dimension of the area that makes the presentation dimension possible.

Credits: Image of 81 Leonard Street back door from Andrew Wade.