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18 Feb 2017

Richard Burton Obituary

Richard Burton Obituary by The Guardian

Richard St John Vladimir Burton, architect, born 3 November 1933; died 29 January 2017

Richard Burton, who has died aged 83, was a third of the architectural partnership of Ahrends, Burton & Koralek (ABK), alongside Peter Ahrends and Paul Koralek.

Roscommon County Council Civic Offices, Connacht, Ireland, by ABK:
Roscommon County Council Civic Offices
photograph : Christian Richters

It is not particularly rare that three architects should meet as students and go on to practise together, but most unusual that all three should be involved in design and should remain lifelong friends.

Kilmallock Civic Building, County Limerick, Ireland, by ABK:
Kilmallock Civic Building by ABK
photog : Christian Richters

The partnership survived controversy when its competition-winning extension to the National Gallery in London was dubbed a “monstrous carbuncle” by the Prince of Wales in 1984 and cancelled, and it became one of the few architecture practices founded in the early 1960s to span the gulf between the public and private sectors.

John Wheatley College, Glasgow, Scotland, by ABK:
John Wheatley College building by ABK
photo © Keith Hunter

His last major project was a book about his own house, with James O Davies, which is suffused with love for his close-knit family and the craft of art and architecture.

He is survived by Mireille, by their children, Mark, David (known as Bim), Jonathan and Kate, and by eight grandchildren.

source: Richard Burton Obituary by Elain Harwood in full, dated 16 Feb 2017

13 Jul 2016

ABK – Key Projects

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Roscommon County Council Civic Offices, Connacht, Ireland
Roscommon County Council Civic Offices
photograph : Christian Richters
Roscommon County Council Civic Offices Building by ABK – 13 Jul 2016
The proposed design seeks to work with the existing urban grain of the Town of Roscommon so as to create a coherent vision for the public realm. The project is composed of a series of interlocking volumes, overlaid on the historic remains of a C19th Gaol,

A Civic Precinct – Court Building, Local Area Office & Library, Kilmallock, Ireland
Date built: 2010
Kilmallock Civic Building
photograph : Christian Richters
Kilmallock Civic Building, Co. Limerick
The 1630m2 project for the town of Kilmallock proposes to reinvigorate the social and cultural life of the town, concentrating a series of key social functions to generate a new Civic Precinct – a District Court for the Department of Justice, a Local Area Office for the Local Authority, and a Branch Library together with public parking (40 spaces) for the village. The project value was €5 million Euro.

RIBA Prince of Wales Lecture Boycott Letter – May 2009

Cork City Hall, Ireland
Date built: 2007
ABK Architects : Cork City Council Civic Offices – RIBA European Award 2007

Riverside Building, Trinity Buoy Wharf, east London
Uses sea containers – mixed-use, sustainable £1.2m project

John Wheatley College, Glasgow, Scotland
Date built: 2008
John Wheatley College
photo © Keith Hunter
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Cummins Factory, Shotts, North Lanarkshire, Scotland
Date built: 1980
The Cummins Engine Factory building closed in 1997

Ahrends Burton Koralek – Projects

Hooke Park Workshop / school, Beaminster, Dorset, England
Date built: 1993
RIBA Awards 1993 Regional Award : Wessex

Docklands Light Railway, Beckton Extension, east London, UK
Date built: 1994

Dublin Dental Hospital + School, Trinity College, Eire
Dates built: 1994-98

Offaly County Council – new offices, Tullamore, Eire

Riverside Building, Trinity Buoy Wharf, east London, UK

ABK : Offaly Civic Offices – RIBA Award 2003

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Ahrends Burton Koralek – Practice Information

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Kilmallock Civic Building
photograph : Christian Richters

Cummins Engine Factory, Yarm Road, Darlington, England, UK
Date built: 1964-65
Design: Kevin Roche and John Dinkeloo
Building Grade II*
This is the first independent work of Kevin Roche and John Dinkeloo Architects, former associates of architect Eero Saarinen

Eero Saarinen

Roche Dinkeloo Architects

The Cummins Engine Company was American owned.

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Swiss Re Building
photo © Adrian Welch




ABK Architects – Background

Paul Koralek worked with Marcel Breuer in New York. He formed the architecture practice Ahrends Burton and Koralek in 1961. Paul Koralek graduated from the London AA in 1956.

Roscommon County Council Civic Offices
photo : Christian Richters

Ahrends Burton Koralek were the architects of the National Gallery Extension Proposal infamously slated by Prince Charles as a ‘carbuncle’ back in the eighties. The studio lost the project – The National Gallery (off Trafalgar Square, London), went on to be designed by architects Venturi Rauch Brown:

Sainsbury Wing – National Gallery Extension, London, England
National Gallery Extension London
photo © Nick Weall
Sainsbury Wing – National Gallery Extension in London

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