As season 5 of Downton Abbey has come to close, we thought it was high time we updated our list of film locations for the popular British television show. Here are 10 notable spots from the first five seasons:
Actually located in Newbury (west of London), the home that stands in for Downton Abbey is still occupied by the Carnavaron family but is open for tours and events. If the architectural style rings a bell, it’s because it’s designed by the same architect as the British Houses of Parliament.
Over the course of one year, artist Alex Chinneck built a “brick” house made entirely of wax, in partnership with a team of engineers, wax manufacturers and chemists. It was for an installation at the Merge Festival in London this month called “A Pound of Flesh for 50p.” The science behind it is to ensure that the building melts at a steady rate, turning into a regular old slouchy building.
Sir Paul McCarthy once said that “if slaughterhouses had glass walls, everyone would be vegetarian.” Longtime animal rights organization PETA has launched Empty The Cage: a public art project spreading the word on the cruelty to animals in slaughterhouses around the world. First reported on British GQ by Global Street Art editor James Buxton the project commissioned NYC street artist Dan Witz to place his unique brand of street art around London. Which in this case means that chicken feet have been popping up in surprising places all over the city .
Infrastructure is an inevitable part of urban living. Subways and tunnels need ventilation, but the question is often–how to keep these functional spaces contained and away from the public eye? While many subway substations have been gutted and turned into apartments in New York City, other ventilation buildings have been concealed as residential townhouses. Here’s a roundup of these clever pieces of faux architecture in NYC, Paris, London and Toronto:
Image via Steve Wheeen
East Londoner Steve Wheen is on a mission to transform the potholes in his neighborhood into miniature works of art. Wheen fills in the cracks with flowers, places miniature furniture next to the plantings, photographs the newly created scene, and posts the photos to his website. His creations are tiny and could easily go unnoticed by a passerby, yet they have quickly inspired people around the world to imitate his guerrilla gardening technique.
The Filling Station at King’s Cross
There’s a lot happening at King’s Cross in London and the many cities redeveloping along canals and waterfronts should take notice. Between the King’s Cross/St. Pancras stations and the hip neighborhood of Islington, an industrial reclamation is taking place, giving London a whole new zip code, 2000 new homes, 50 new buildings and 3.4 million square feet of workspace. Plus, Google’s new headquarters will be here. But what’s striking isn’t really the numbers, it’s how this redevelopment is happening and the fact that residents have already come en masse to hang out, even though the project is in the early stages.