Building of the month
Each month we highlight a building of our period, at home or abroad, that we think deserves attention.
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...
Bauhaus Masters’ Houses, Dessau, Germany
Walter Gropius, 1925-6
Written by Martin Eilers
Building work on the famous Bauhaus Building in Dessau started in 1925 and was completed in 1926, following the relocation of the Bauhaus from Weimar to Dessau. At the same time, a short distance away, ...
Designed by Robert Harvey, 1955
Built by Harvey, family and friends, 1955-57, as a family home
Written by Gérard Mermoz
Stonecrop was designed in 1955 by Coventry-born and Birmingham-trained architect Robert Harvey (1919-), after a frustrating inter...
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