Building of the month
Each month we highlight a building of our period, at home or abroad, that we think deserves attention.
Tecton's Dudley Zoo
Text and photographs by Ben Flatman
Tecton and Berthold Lubetkin (1901-1990)'s roles in the history of British modernism have long been recognised, yet not all of their work receives the attention that it deserves. Far removed fro...
Woodland Cemetery, Stockholm
The Woodland Cemetery, Stockholm designed by Erik Gunnar Asplund and Sigurd Lewerentz (1915-40)
Text and photographs by Harriet Atkinson
A short metro ride from the centre of Stockholm, set within a hundred hectares of heavily-planted pine forest and...
Maeght Foundation, St Paul de Vence, France
Text and photographs by Jonathan Duff
An olive stone’s throw away from the jet-set haunt of La Colombe d’Or restaurant on the tourist-infested Cote d’Azur, lies an oasis of cultural calmness. The Aimé and Marguerite Maeght Foundation constitut...
Sound Mirrors, Greatstone, Kent
Text by Claire Barrett
These large, looming discs, which locals fondly call "concrete ears" but which are perhaps better known as sound mirrors, sit facing out to sea at Greatstone, Kent. In a perilous condition, following years of gravel extraction ...
Senate House, Bloomsbury, WC1
Listed Grade II*
Text and images Ian Rice
The University of London’s imposing Senate House was constructed to last for hundreds of years, and it remains in near- original condition to this day, yet its style makes it one of Charles Holden’s less ...
Votive Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes, Blackpool
FX Velarde, Architect, 1955-1957
Text by Dr Jennifer M Freeman, Director of the Historic Chapels Trust
Images courtesy the Historic Chapels Trust
The Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes was opened in May 1957 as a thanksgiving offering for the preservation...
Smithfield Poultry Market, London EC1
Smithfield Poultry Market, architect T. P. Bennett and Son, engineer Ove Arup, 1961-3
Nothing special from the outside, the Smithfield Poultry Market is just a row of loading bays, but the interior, with its single, vast, shell concrete dome roof nev...
The Brunswick Centre, London WC1
The Brunswick Centre, Marchmont Street, London, WC1
Designed by Patrick Hodgkinson, 1966-71, listed Grade II
Text by Stuart Tappin
Patrick Hodgkinson began to develop the concept for the design of The Brunswick Centre with his study of the Loughborou...
The Barcelona Pavilion by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe
Photographs and text by Jonathan Duff
There aren't many temporary buildings that last very long but this one has not only stood the test of time, it has set the highest standards for Modern movement ...
Meeting House, University of Sussex
A colour filled 20th Century meditational ‘shrine’ in the heart of Sussex: Basil Spence’s Meeting House on the grounds of the University of Sussex
Owing to growing secularisation, there was a noticeable shift during the 20th century, from a con...
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