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Tricorn Centre BB96_10635

Tricorn Centre BB96_10635


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Filename: bb96_10635.jpg

Size: 4628 x 3769 (15.8MB)

Date: 2nd April 2019

Source: Historic England

Credit: Historic England Archive, James

Copyright Status: Copyrighted Work

Source: Historic England Archive

Owner URL: images.historicenglandservices.org.uk

Job Title: Staff Photographer

© Historic England Archive

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Tricorn Centre BB96_10635

Tricorn Centre, Portsmouth. View of the centre from the west photographed in November 1996

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EDITORS COMMENTS
This evocative photograph captures the Tricorn Centre in Portsmouth as it stood in November 1996. The image, taken by James O. Davies for Historic England, showcases the brutalist and modern architecture of this iconic shopping centre from a western perspective. The Tricorn Centre, a landmark of Portsmouth's urban landscape, was designed by architects TP Bennett and Partners and opened in 1965. It was a groundbreaking development for its time, featuring innovative use of concrete and open-air spaces. The photograph reveals the Centre's unique design, with its three interconnected towers and intricate geometric patterns. The towers, clad in textured concrete, rise majestically against the grey November sky, their angular forms casting long, dramatic shadows on the ground. The open-air plaza, filled with trees and greenery, lies at the heart of the Centre, providing a tranquil oasis amidst the bustling city. Despite its innovative design, the Tricorn Centre has been a subject of controversy over the years. Some have praised its bold and unapologetic modernity, while others have criticized it as an eyesore. Regardless of opinion, there is no denying the Centre's historical significance and its impact on Portsmouth's architectural landscape. This photograph serves as a snapshot in time, preserving the Tricorn Centre as it was before undergoing extensive redevelopment in the late 1990s and early 2000s. It invites us to reflect on the past and consider the role of brutalist architecture in shaping our cities and communities.

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