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

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

An Ideal for Learning : the Round School at Athens

Agios Dimitrios, (often referred to with its pre-1928 name, Brahami) is one of the most densely populated suburbs of Athens – a density that’s comparable to that of Cairo, or Seoul. The typical expedience and maladministration that characterised post-war Greece has left its indelible mark in the suburb’s architecture: its arbitrarily arranged streets define pocket… Read More

Second Chance Motel : rediscovering a hidden architectural gem by the motorway

“Blue hotelOn a lonely highwayBlue hotelLife don’t work out my way” Blue Hotel (1986) by Chris Isaac An unassuming old motel next to a motorway outside Athens is an almost forgotten Brutalist gem with a glorious past. In its heyday, the main motorway linking the greater metropolitan area of Athens to the city of Corinth… Read More

Dark Modernism : the forgotten story of an abandoned Jewish boarding school

The premises of a groundbreaking Jewish boarding school played an active role in both WW1 and WW2, and hide some rarely seen Modernist architecture – but also dark stories of child abuse. The country south of Oxford is simply beautiful, in a typical English way. Gently rolling hills and endless green pastures give way to… Read More

Explore the gritty vertical neighbourhoods of Britain’s New Towns and the High Rises of London’s East End and the Docklands Read More