A building that completely contrasts its historic surround area is Strelitzia, a house that overlooks Lincoln and grabs attention from the city below. The name of the house comes from a South African plant know as the ‘bird of paradise flower’ for its look similar to that of the many tropical birds seen on nature documentaries. As can be seen from the images, it holds a certain ‘flower-like’ aesthetic.
The contrast against the old centre of the city is one of the main causes for the long process that the owner has had to endure in making their dream home a reality. Standing around a five minute walk from Lincoln Cathedral, the house overlooks much of the surrounding area, and can be seen from across the river valley. The house now features a moat, indoor rock jacuzzi and panoramic living spaces after many years of additions being made.
What could be described as a controversial planning permit given by the local council, has also created something astounding for many in the city. Visible from the bottom of the notorious Steep Hill, it brings more attention upwards to the city’s cathedral as well as attracting more people to the historic centre. The controversy of allowing a non-traditional styled building in a very historic and protected area brings with it a wealth of issues around whether similar buildings might be attempted to be built in the area. Currently, Strelitzia is one-of-a-kind in the area.
The city of Lincoln is rapidly changing, with new and more contemporary buildings being built in the new area of the city around Brayford Pool and the University of Lincoln campus. The controversy of building more modern structures towards the historic centre seems to be a minor change. History is ever-changing, with alternative and contemporary buildings slowly becoming part of our history. Eventually Strelitzia will become part of the that history as something that stands out from the norm of the area.