Day 86: The Village
When I moved into North Kensington in London in 1996 we had Sainsbury’s on Ladbroke Grove for food shopping, Portobello Road for the eclectic and the quirky. For more traditional shopping I headed down to High Street Kensington where Whole Foods Market, in the wonderful old Art Deco Barker building, is one of my favourite shops for a gander. The Cheese Room is particularly envigorating. Now Tesco metro is on our doorstep – in place of the North Pole Gastro Pub that alternatively fizzed and dwindled over the years before it was snapped up by the hungry conglomerate – and the giant Westfield shopping centre in Shepherd’s Bush brings House Of Fraser, Debenhams and Mark & Spencers all within walking distance.
I am not a shopping mall girl. I find the cornucopia of goods on offer overwhelming and depressing in the extreme. There is something about being in a space chocca with gaping maws looking for my money under artificial lighting that makes me feel that I truly am just a hamster in the unending wheel of life. How and ever I have discovered a soft spot for Westfield and not just because there is an Apple Store. There is also the architecture. Yes it is undercover, yes there is artifical lighting but the combination of the central atrium – that has hosted the Saturday’s and a good sized ice rink every Christmas – plus the unique geodeisic style roof cleaned by City Abseiling bestows it with more of an Eden Project ambiance. Southern Terrace dining reminds me of Australia for some reason and this is a seriously big achievement. My outings to Westfield are typically mission focused driving me to take a head down in and out approach but today I take a moment to slow down and look up; the view is pretty stunning in The Village – the home of luxury brands – this futuristic chandelier designed lighting was created by New York based spatial architects and interior designers Gabellini Sheppard.
* Apparently photography is forbidden without a permit but I only discovered that after the fact.
100 Days of Awe is a playful project I set up to bring my attention to awe in my daily life. I see awe as wonder, a mixture of amazement and respect. I expect the experience of awe to be about perception shifting awareness and that demands a reframing of some sort. I am excited to see what will awe me on this journey.
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