Architecture through the ages
The idea for this week's Creative Idea has come from the year 3 Topic of Southport. I hope many of you remember focussing our whole school topic on Southport 3 years ago. The current Year 6 were just starting in Year 3 and we walked from school into town to look at the buildings. There were so many interesting things to look at we also used our visit to the Atkinson Museum and Library to look at features like the Wayfayrer's Arcade.
Southport became a seaside resort in Victorian times and was designed to attract visitors to the town both for day trips and for holidays. Therefore the Victorian buildings such as the hotels, the baths, the theatre and the pier were all very decorative and ornate. There were also homes, churches and schools built in the Victorian style and the characteristic red brick.
One of the newer buildings that caught children's eye was the 1930's Art Deco style of the old Garrick Theatre which is now a bingo hall.
Architects continue to design a wide range of new buildings with interesting styles and they must make it interesting to look at, in keeping with the buildings around it and modified for its purpose. At the end of June the new Clatterbridge Hospital in Liverpool will open and it has excellent views as it rises on the skyline. Its bright and airy design will welcome patients and every detail including a garden accessible from the basement has been carefully considered.
This week I include some information about architects from different eras and include activities about Gaudi who you may have seen and heard about from Mrs Woodward. I also include sheets for you to design a new building of your choice and if you are fortunate enough to be able to see an interesting building in Southport you could try to draw that. If not, that is something you could look forward to.