Building of the month
Each month we highlight a building of our period, at home or abroad, that we think deserves attention.
Coram’s Fields, Bloomsbury
Text by Alan Powers
Pictures by Harriet Atkinson
The reopening of the Thomas Coram Foundation earlier this year drew attention to the important civic and artistic history of the Foundling Hospital. Sadly, the original building of 1742 by Theodore Jac...
Alison & Peter Smithson’s Upper Lawn Pavilion
Upper Lawn Pavilion, Fonthill Estate, Tisbury, Wiltshire (1959-62)
Text by Dirk van den Heuvel and Max Risselada, Faculty of Architecture, Delft University of Technology
Images courtesy of the Smithson Family Archive, featured in edited by Dirk van d...
Liverpool Anglican Cathedral
Words by Aidan Turner-Bishop.
Pictures courtesy of Liverpool Anglican Cathedral.
High on St. James’s Mount, the great Cathedral of Christ in Liverpool dominates the city centre and the Mersey estuary marking ’ (Sharples)
A hundred years ago this ...
Thorndike Theatre, Leatherhead
The Thorndike Theatre, Leatherhead
Words and pictures by Barnabas Calder
Hidden behind a Leatherhead street-front of commercial mediocrity is one of the best theatres of the 1960s. It was the product of an ideal pairing of architect and client: an ar...
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...
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