Finsbury, London, UK Berthold Lubetkin (1938) In the 1930s the Borough of Finsbury commissioned Berthold Lubetkin’s firm Tecton to deliver a health centre of radical design. The H-shaped building resembled no other hospital that had ever been built before, and encapsulated the technical and aesthetic elements of Modernism. It was a luminous, progressive building, designed… Read More

Watford, UK Erno Goldfinger (1961) Hungarian-born Erno Goldfinger first deployed his tell-tale coloured glass slits at Watford’s Hille House, an office and factory he built between 1959-61. It wasn’t a chance collaboration : the Hille furniture company has an illustrious history in modernist furniture design – including the signature Polyside and Hille chairs, and not… Read More

London, UK E.G. Chandler for the City of London (1973) Colechurch House is a Brutalist office block standing between the Mordor-esque Shard and river Thames, close to London Bridge. In addition to office space, it features shops, a car park, and accommodation in several levels, connected by an elevated walkway and a flight of stairs.… Read More

Uxbridge, UK John Heywood for Sheppard, Robson and Partners (1966) The Grade II listed Lecture Theatre Block was built in 1966 by John Heywood for Richard Sheppard, Robson and Partners as part of Phase I of Brunel University’s new campus. It has been immortalised in Stanley Kubrick’s 1971 ‘A Clockwork Orange’ as the hospital building… Read More

London, UK Sir Hugh Casson (1965) A series of circular brick pens arranged around a central viewing area, with an S-shaped walkway weaving through it. The paddock features a pick-hammered concrete shell – possibly imitating an elephant’s hide – ribbed to dissuade the animals from damaging the structure. The ensemble features conical copper roofs that… Read More

Eternal Youth: The workers’ settlement at Aspra Spitia

Aluminium of Greece (AL) was launched in 1960 as a joint venture between the government of Greece and an industrial conglomerate led by the historic French firm Pechiney, a world leader in aluminium manufacturing. As a result, the first aluminium production facility in the country opened on the northern coast of the Corinthian Gulf in… Read More

Sacred Inspiration : the Church of Agia Foteini Mantineias

In the sunlit Arcadian plain close to the ancient city of Mantineia in Greece, there’s a church like no other. It’s an astonishing melange of styles, combining elements of Classical, Byzantine and Modern architecture, and yet remaining true to none. Its construction is the life’s work of architect and iconographer Kostas Papatheodorou, who has delivered… Read More

We will walk around London, visit a great number of sites, learn a bit about concrete and its historic and social significance, and spend time admiring and photographing them at most dramatic angles. Loved by some, loathed by others, the rugged urban fortresses we will be locating are excellent examples of the most influential architectural… Read More

The Walking City : How Futurism and Cold War paranoia inspired London’s most visionary architects

“…emerging through a cloud of fumes, the Hayward Gallery rose up on its giant insect-like legs, dust and debris crumbling around it, water from the severed pipes and electric cables crackling in the darkness below. Then a primal roar sounded from the building’s massive ventilation shafts, the sound of a concrete and steel beast, rising… Read More