I photographed this quirky concrete building at the Aire Du Jura service station in France earlier this year. The building itself is named the Circles Pavilion and this wonderful example of brutalist architecture houses a number of interesting and informative exhibitions, including one on the production and history of the local comté cheese. Despite my initial assumption that each side of the building was intended to look like a giant vinyl record (and no doubt the nature of my work seriously influenced my judgement here!) it is in fact intended to represent two intertwined barrels, with the superposition of circles intended to evoke the metal rings used to hold salt barrels together. But no matter how hard I try to see barrels, it most definitely looks like an LP to me.
Is it just me or does this building distinctly resemble an LP?
Published by Dr Jennifer Skellington
In 2010 I completed my PhD thesis entitled ‘Transforming Music Criticism? An examination of changes in music journalism in the English broadsheet press from 1981 to 1991’, at Oxford Brookes University. My research entailed face to face interviews with fourteen long-standing music journalists representing all music genres from the English quality press, the construction of a database cataloguing and analysing all music-related content from a sample of quality newspapers from the period 1981 to 1991 and the detailed discourse analysis of a sample of live music reviews. My key area of expertise is music criticism and music journalism, particularly relating to popular music (including rock, pop, jazz, world music), however my broader teaching and research specialisms cover a wide range of popular music related topics, particularly those associated with popular music and identity (race, gender, nationality, subcultures) and popular music and film. Since completing my PhD I have held associate lecturing posts at Oxford Brookes University, Oxford University, Solent University, Brunel University, the University of Bristol, Bucks New University, the University of Northampton and the University of Worcester. View more posts