Artist’s House in Hampstead

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Architecture / Design / London

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I have just discovered this new house in Hampstead by architects Guard Tillman Pollock, designed for a local artist, that harks back to modernist 30’s buildings dotted around the area. The minimalist sculptural form matches the massing of the street, and a main design point is a fabric screen that stretches over the street-facing facade. The minimal design continues throughout the house, with spaces for the making and showing of the owner’s artwork throughout. Despite contrasting stylistically to it’s neighbouring buildings, in my opinion the design sits well in its environment due to the thoughtful scaling and massing, and it would be intriguing to see it in person.

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NFL – Denver Broncos

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Sport

For the past two years or so I’ve become increasingly interested in the American NFL. I’m not going to pretend I know heaps about it, but I do know enough to enjoy watching it and understand what the pundits are talking about during all those breaks! The English counterpart will forever be ‘my’ sport, and me being a religious fan of Sheffield United, through the highs and lows, is what makes it ever the more enjoyable (a strong word to associate with that club) sport to watch. To be honest, I couldn’t care less about what is happening in the Premiership or Champions League. And, for example, I’m pretty sure our fans get more excited about a goal away at Swindon Town than some “fans” do about Chelsea winning the league. Anyway, the reason I mention this is that in my opinion it enriches the sport if you follow a certain team and as I learn more about American Football I thought it would be a nice addition to do just that. Enter the Denver Broncos.

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Why the Broncos?

Having absolutely no ties to NFL teams, the process of picking a side to follow has been one I have deliberated over for some time, and to be honest, it took many of those weird online quizzes and random team selectors to choose. Of the teams that came up, the Broncos amongst a set number of others kept reappearing, of which I then delved into the history and current nature of those teams.

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I don’t know if it’s the unique kit, or the image of the Mile High stadium sat at the foot of the Rocky Mountains, but something about the Denver Broncos kept popping out to me. As well as being a city in the US that I really would like to visit one day, the Broncos seem like a team that have a very loyal and passionate fan base (big tick), character, history and a chance of success. My only rule when deciding a team was not to pick one of the outright favourites for the Superbowl. With the Broncos having won it twice in the late nineties, but with a record number of losses in the final too (see the similarity to Sheffield United here?) I thought it would be the right choice for me.

So, with NFL currently in the off season after that fantastic Superbowl match between the Seahawks and victorious Patriots, and with the Draft looming in the not too distant future, I plan on bulking up my American Football knowledge by the time it kicks back into gear come summer. Anyone else over here planning on doing the same, it would be good to hear about which team you picked and why.

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