- The Anatomy of a Building, exhibition in London
You either hate it or love it, but modern architecture never leaves us indifferent. Current debate in this area is also rife: Erling Viskjø's Y-Block in Oslo with murals by Pablo Picasso is facing demolition and Kenzo Tange’s modernist church in Tokyo also risks being bulldozed to make way for constructions for the 2020 Olympics.
The Anatomy of a Building exhibition at the Royal College of Physicians has given the organisers an opportunity to break down one of the icons of modern architecture, designed by Sir Denys Lasdun (1914-2001), a pioneer of modern British architecture.
The headquarters of the Royal College of Physicians was built in the ‘60s to house the institution that was established 500 years ago, and it is now a Grade I listed building. At the time, the building was the subject of much criticism.
Not only does it offer a visually striking concrete and glass exterior but the interiors are also well worth a look, including such gems as the 17th century, oak panelled library.
The Anatomy of a Building is displaying some rarely seen models of Lasdun’s more famous buildings like the National Theatre and Keeling House, in addition to drawings, photographs and letters from private collections and from the Lasdun Archive of the Royal Institute of British Architects.
Exhibition: The Anatomy of a Building – Denys Lasdun and the Royal College of Physicians
Dates: 8 September 2014 – 13 February 2015
Location: Regent's Park, London UK
Images: Courtesy of Royal College of Physicians – copyrights of the authors: (8) Hufton&Crow, (10) Hélène Binet
Captions: see images