The Lawn Road Flats

On this radio show, produced by Monitor Production in Sound, presenter John Escolme encounters the work of modernist architect Wells Coates, best known for his Lawn Road Flats scheme in Belsize Park. On the show Matt Black, Coates’ grandson, and one half of music-duo Coldcut, recalls his grandfather’s life. Director of design chain Skandium Magnus Englund, who lives in the penthouse flat at Lawn Road and runs the Isokon Gallery there, talks about the finer points of the extraordinary building. The show, first broadcast on Monday on Resonance FM, can be streamed through the Monitor Production in Sound website.

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Stahl House, Case Study #22, California, Alex Hartley, 1960 © Alex Hartley and Victoria Miro Gallery

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Suzhou Creek, Shanghai, Sze Tsung Leong, 2004 © Sze Tsung Leong and Yossi Milo Gallery

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Liepaja, Latvia, Geert Goiris, 2004 © Geert Goiris and Art:Concept

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China Central Television HQ, Beijing, Iwan Baan, 2008 © Iwan Baan and Perry Rubenstein Gallery

‘Shooting Space: Architecture in Contemporary Photography’, edited by Elias Redstone and published by Phaidon, is a collection of the best contemporary photography of architecture and the built environment. The book presents the work of leading contemporary architects, ranging from Rem Koolhaas to Zaha Hadid, by international photographers as diverse as Helene Binet, Thomas Struth and Richard Wentworth. It covers a diverse range of subjects and themes across the built environment, and highlights the vital role photography plays in how architecture is communicated. Elias Redstone is the Editor-in-Chief of the London Architecture Diary and was previously a curator at the London Festival of Architecture and The Architecture Foundation. For more information visit the Phaidon website.

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House of Oike by Matsuyama Architect and Associates in Fukuoka, Japan, was completed in 2013. The minimalist concrete house has slit windows on the main level for privacy and large floor-to-ceiling windows on the upper levels overlooking the cityscape. Photography: Matsuyama Architect and Associates

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House for Mother by Förstberg Arkitektur is in Linköping, Sweden. Work on the house is ongoing, on completion it will form part of the Linköpingsbo 2017 housing exhibition. The house, which is split into two volumes, combines a corrugated aluminium facade and roof, exposed timber and plywood interior walls and polished concrete floors. Photography: Förstberg Arkitektur

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100 Buildings 100 Years: Views of British Architecture since 1914
Royal Academy, The Architecture Space, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London W1J 0BD
11 October 2014 – 1 February 2015. Sat–Thurs 10am-6pm. Fri 10am–10pm. Free entrance

Housing by Connell, Ward and Lucas © John Allan

Renold Building by W. Arthur Gibbon © Manchester City Council

Benton Park School by Sir John Burnet © Sarah J Duncan

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This exhibition presents one building for each year since 1914, as selected by supporters of the Twentieth Century Society – which exists to safeguard the heritage of architecture and design in Britain from 1914 onwards. It celebrates the fact that there are now 100 years worth of buildings to campaign for. The chosen buildings range from grand architectural icons to examples of vernacular building types and structures from the war years. Together they provide a vivid illustration of the diversity of the architecture of the last 100 years. The society has created an online gallery of the selected buildings and on Friday 28th November a variety of speakers will make a case for their chosen building, in ‘Britain’s Greatest Twentieth-Century Building: The Debate‘, at the Geological Society. For more information visit the Royal Academy website.

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