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The UCL Cruciform Building Hub.

UCL Cruciform Building.

UCL Cruciform Building: A rather splendid library.

A rather splendid library.

Doing a spot of dog walking waiting for our train at Euston, I came across this spectacular building in Gower Street. It bears the legend “University College London”, and is known as the UCL Cruciform Building – due to its shape.Designed by Alfred Waterhouse, of Natural History Museum fame, this building was completed in 1906. The diagonal plan, with a single service core and radiating wings, provided light and ventilation for the wards but reduced cross infection.

It was built with bricks typical of the period. Various additions were made over the years. In 2000, it underwent a major refurbishment. Being Grade II listed, many non original features were removed at this time.

Despite using my wide angle lens at its widest setting, I have been unable to get the whole of the UCL Cruciform Building in. I could potentially have done a series of photographs and stitched them together to make a panorama. However, as it was raining and there were vehicular obstructions in the way, I decided to get a centre-based shot. The slow slow shutter speed captures the movement of the car very nicely.

Photograph Details:

  • Taken: 18 November 2017
  • Camera: Canon 5D MkIII
  • Lens: Canon EF 16-35mm 1:4 L IS USM
  • Focal Length 16mm
  • F/5.6
  • 1/30 Sec
  • ISO 400

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