Building of the month
Each month we highlight a building of our period, at home or abroad, that we think deserves attention.
Engineering Research Station, Killingworth
The Engineering Research Station, Killingworth, Newcastle upon Tyne
Text by Rutter Carroll, Image by Photo-Mayo.
The precision designed architectural sculpture that is the Engineering Research Station (ERS) dominates the skyline of Killingworth in Ne...
Einstein Tower, Potsdam
Erich Mendelsohn's Einstein Tower at the Astrophysical Institute in Potsdam
Words and pictures by Regine Jaszinski
In 1920 the young architect Erich Mendelsohn (1887-1953) was given the opportunity to design an observatory for the purpose of making m...
Patrick Gwynne's The Homewood
Text by Harriet McKay, Curator of 2 Willow Road, Hampstead
Pictures by Harriet McKay, courtesy The National Trust
Giving a lecture recently on The National Trust's opening of 2 Willow Road, Erno Goldfinger's Hampstead ho...
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...
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