Modern

PDF EBook by Alan Powers

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This is a great source book if you are looking for inspirational images of Modernist architecture in Britain, together with well researched notes on each project. Modern PDF EBook

Britain is sometimes regarded as the poor cousin of Europe when discussing the Modern Movement of the 1920- PDF30's; download; Modernism's architectural poster boy, Le Corbusier never built anything here for example. This book however reveals a surprisingly rich variety of buildings that were designed in this style in the UK. The obvious buildings like Erno Goldfinger's Trellick Tower, Mendelsohn and Chermayeff's De La Warr Pavillion, Tecton's (Berthold Lubetkin et. al)penguin pool at London zoo, and Wells Coates' Isokon Building are all present, however it was the lesser known (to me at least) constructions that caught my attention. The cafe on Canvey Island designed by Ove Arup for example, which echoes the health giving optimism of early C20th seaside holidays, or the minimal aesthetic and striking proportions of Lubetkin's Bungalow B at Whipsnade Zoo. The ideas contained in this beautiful experimental building are still informing the design of many modern ultra-compact living spaces today.

This book has a tight focus, and is all the better for it. It does not really stray into the associated domains of Modernist art, literature, or philosophy apart from the essay at the beginning; it is mainly about architecture. Each building worthy of inclusion (listed by architect) has a number of beautiful photographs, and details on its history. As inspiration for designers I think it's a must have book, and one I will be returning to frequently. Sometimes a picture really is worth a thousand words.

The downside to books like this is the gnawing depression I feel as I drive past another red brick Bovis housing estate. Like this book? Read online this: Viipuri Library (Competition Entry), Turun Sanomat Building, and Other Buildings and Projects, 1927-1929, Modern.

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