Monday, February 03, 2014

Hidden in Plain Sight

Last night's season-ending Sherlock had plenty of fetching modern architecture – the "slatty" London office of bad guy Magnussen (anybody know this building?) and his country estate, Appledore (a house by David Austin), to name a couple – but it was the fake facade at 23-24 Leinster Gardens that stole the show.

Here's the front:


And here's the back:


As can be seen in the aerial below, the 2-D facade hides the below-grade railway while giving continuity to the street.


While this deception is apparently common knowledge, it's new to me.

Yet I know London is not alone, as Joralemon Street in Brooklyn has a fake townhouse that serves as a vent and emergency exit for the subway:


Know of anything similar? Please comment if you do.

1 comment:

  1. I had never seen either of these so thank you for sharing!

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