Post-war house by Sir Philip Dowson
Private eco-house in Hampshire
The Arup Associates 50 exhibition spans the history of the practice, with archival material from the 60s and 70s that has not been on display before. In addition to models, drawings and photographs, the exhibition includes a film by Tapio Snellman that captures the ideas that have inspired the practitioners who have worked at Arup Associates between 1963-2013. This includes architects Peter Foggo; Max Fordham; Tony Fretton; Rab Bennetts and Adam Caruso.
Arup’s residential projects include a single-story post-war house designed by Sir Philip Dowson completed in 1963, which was sold through The Modern House. A more recent residential project is a private eco-house in Hampshire, which consists of a family of buildings designed for modular construction, using a pre-fabricated kit of parts.
Some of the other projects explored in the exhibition include: Snape Maltings (1967); Gateway House, Wiggins Teape, Basingstoke (1976); CEGB Offices, Bedminster Down (1980); No 1 Finsbury Avenue, Broadgate (1984); Stockley Park, London (1980s-90s); Druk White Lotus School (2000-On-going); Manchester Commonwealth Games Stadium (2002); BSkyB Studios and Wind Turbine (2013).
To mark 50 years of architecture and engineering, Arup Associates have published a hardback book of their work, with an overview by architectural historian Ken Powell.
Until 26 November 2013
Building of Bath Collection, Countess of Huntingdon’s Chapel, The Paragon, Bath
Tuesday – Friday: 2pm – 5pm
Weekends: 10.30am – 5pm
House by Peter Womersley, Bath
The Beaufort Hotel
Brutal Bath: Building the Post-War City investigates the Modern architectural development of Bath, including the ideals behind Brutalism and the innovation it offered architects during the realities of post-war Britain.
The exhibition includes Kingsmead House in the city centre, The Beaufort Hotel on Walcot Street and Berkeley House in Snow Hill. It also features architectural plans that never made it to the construction stage.
On 21st November a symposium will be held: ‘Worth Saving? – The value of 20th century architecture’. This event will explore the heritage value of 20th-century architecture, including what is worth saving and what lessons should be taken from the period. Speakers include Christophe Egret (Studio Egret West), Peter Clegg (Fielden Clegg Bradley Studios) and Alan Powers (20th Century Society).
The Red House
Until 19 December 2pm – 5pm (Tue – Fri)
Fri 22 – Sun 24 November 10am – 5pm
The Red House in Aldeburgh, the home which composer Benjamin Britten shared with Peter Pears until his death in 1976, is being opened to the public.
Before moving to The Red House in 1957, Britten asked British architect H.T. Cadbury-Brown to consider options for a purpose-built studio in the grounds. Cadbury-Brown instead converted a former hayloft next to the main house, which was completed in 1958.
Cadbury-Brown was educated at the Architecture Association. He was influenced by the architecture of Le Corbusier, among others, and went on to work for Ernö Goldfinger before setting us his own practice. He is known for his involvement with the Modern Architecture Research Group (MARS) and his design input into the Royal College of Art.
A new building for the Benjamin Britten archive, by Stirling Prize-winning architects Stanton Williams, opened in the grounds of The Red House in June 2013. The low-energy red brick building is designed to complement the original house and gardens.
Britten’s composing studio has been recreated, based on Cadbury-Brown’s original project file, and presented as it was in 1958.
For more information please visit www.brittenpears.org.
Pop Art Design, Barbican Art Gallery
As part of the Pop Art Design exhibition at the Barbican Art Gallery, these walking tours will explore Pop architecture of the 1960s. The tours will include Centre Point, designed by architect Richard Seifert.
Seifert is known for designing modern concrete buildings that influenced sixties and seventies London architecture. Centre Point, which was built in 1966, has been called the original Pop Art skyscraper. The building, on St Giles Circus, was listed in 1995.
Other examples of Seifert’s work in London include King’s Reach Tower, built in 1972; London Euston, built in 1968; NatWest Tower on Old Broad Street, built in 1980; Space House on Kemble Street, built in 1962-65, and Tolworth House on the Kingston bypass, built in 1960.
A tour of the Pop Art Design exhibition with architecture writer Dominic Lutyens will take place on Friday 8 November at 7pm. The exhibition runs until 9 February. For more information visit www.barbican.org.uk.
David Grandorge – Without Sun
26 October – 7 December
12 – 6pm (Thurs – Sat) and by appointment
Peter von Kant, 25 Tanners Hill, London SE8 4PJ
Early Le Corbusier villa, Paris
Cromwell Tower, Barbican
David Grandorge has photographed buildings, cities and landscapes since 1996. He undertakes commissioned work and collaborates with architects, artists and art institutions. He has documented the work of architects including Tony Fretton, Caruso St John, Sergison Bates, 6a, Marie-Jose Van Hee, Brendeland & Kristoffersen.
Grandorge’s work has been exhibited internationally, most recently at The Rake showroom in Trondheim, Norway and at the 2012 Venice Architecture Biennale. This exhibition, of Grandorge’s private work, includes photographs of buildings by Le Corbusier and Chamberlin Powell & Bon.
For more information on the show please visit www.petervonkant.com.
Visual Acoustics: The Modernism of Julius Shulman
Tue 22 Oct 2013
19:00 – 21:00
RIBA, 66 Portland Place, London W1B 1AD
Standard ticket: £6
This documentary depicts the life and career of the architecture photographer Julius Shulman. Shulman’s iconic images brought the work of architects including Frank Lloyd Wright, Richard Neutra, John Lautner and Frank Gehry to the attention of the American mainstream.
The film simultaneously documents Southern California’s modernist movement, Shulman’s charismatic personality and the progression of modern architecture since the 1930s. Made in 2008, it is narrated by Dustin Hoffman and directed and introduced by Eric Bricker.
The screening is the first in a series of film nights focusing on American architecture, furniture and fashion during the mid-20th century, and the lasting impact this has had on international architecture and design.
For more details visit www.architecture.com/filmnights.
Twenty architects and designers including MAKE Architects, FAT Architecture, Adjaye Associates, dRMM, Duggan Morris Architects, Studio Egret West, Coffey Architects and AMODELS have created individual doll houses for a charity exhibition and auction at Bonhams on 11th November 2013 in aid of the UK charity supporting disabled children, KIDS. The online auction is live, and you can place bids on each miniature architect-designed house by clicking here. For more information visit www.adollshouse.co.uk.
Sunday 13th October 2013
Haggerston School, Weymouth Terrace, London E2 8LS
10am – 4pm
Entrance £8 on the day
Chair from MAR-DEN
Ernő Goldfinger’s house
Midcentury Modern is launching a new show at the recently restored Haggerston School, a Grade-II listed building built in 1964-5 by the architect Ernő Goldfinger.
Ernő Goldfinger, who also designed Trellick Tower in Golborne Road and Balfron Tower in Poplar, is one of the first architects to develop the use of concrete in the UK, inspired by Auguste Perret and Le Corbusier. The modernist home that the architect designed and lived in, in Hampstead, is now a museum. The school, which was recently modernised and refurbished by Avanti Architects, contains bold interiors, typical of Goldfinger’s architectural style.
The Midcentury Modern show will include British, American and Scandinavian Twentieth-Century design including Eames, Ercol and Jacobsen, from a range of European furniture dealers.
For more information visit www.midcenturymodernmarketplace.com.
Wed 25 Sep – Sun 24 Nov 2013 (Wed-Sun)
Exhibition in Wellington Arch, Hyde Park Corner, London
House in Cornwall
This exhibition explores the post-war era of architecture from 1945 to the 1980s, and argues why certain buildings should be protected. Listed residential buildings in the exhibition include Farnley Hey, in Yorkshire, built in 1954 by Peter Wormersley, one of the first post-war buildings to be listed (Grade II) and The Turn in Buckinghamshire, built in 1964 – 67 by Peter Aldington, who has more house designs listed than any other living architect. It also features a house in Cornwall, built in 1967 by Team 4 (Norman and Wendy Foster, Richard and Su Rogers), an example of the influence of American architect Frank Lloyd Wright on Richard Rogers following his time at Yale, and The Rogers House, in Wimbledon, London, a steel-structure house designed in 1968 by Richard and Su Rogers. Also included is Cromwell Tower on the Barbican Estate, completed in 1973, a prominent example of British brutalist architecture by Chamberlin, Powell & Bon.
The Rogers House and Farnley Hey are currently on sale with The Modern House and The Turn in Buckinghamshire is currently available to let with The Modern House. Please visit the website for more details.
Trellick Tower by Ernő Goldfinger
Willoughby Road by Guard Tillman Pollock Architects
Cardozo Road by Jack Woolley
Church Walk by David Mikhail Architects
Open City’s Open House London programme takes place on the weekend of the 21-22 September. There are 100 private homes and residential buildings being showcased, including the Church Walk development in Stoke Newington completed last year by architect David Mikhail, and a partially subterranean house in Islington completed this year by Jack Woolley.
Also on the programme are examples of post-war social housing such as Berthold Lubetkin and Francis Skinner’s 1948 Spa Green Estate, and iconic architectural developments such as the Walter Segal self-build houses in Lewisham, the Alexandra & Ainsworth Estate by architect Neave Brown and the Eric Lyons-designed 1970s World’s End Estate.
The Open House London weekend also includes a tour of Trellick Tower, Ernő Goldfinger‘s 31-storey social housing tower, and a tour of Highpoint, a Grade I-listed Modernist apartment block designed by Lubetkin & Tecton in Highgate.
The Modern House currently has an apartment for sale in Trellick Tower and an apartment to let in Highpoint. It also has a house to let at the Church Walk development. For more details visit The Modern House.
For details of the full weekend programme visit Open House London.