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21 Dec 2015

Postmodern Architecture in London

An article has appeared in The Guardian by Rowan Moore focusing on Postmodern Buildings in London and increasing attempts to list those that remain:

Number 1 Poultry by James Stirling Michael Wilford and Associates:
Number One Poultry London building
photo © Adrian Welch

“Postmodern architecture in Britain closely matched the career of Margaret Thatcher. Its first flickerings were in the mid-70s, about the time she became leader of the opposition, followed by the style’s first substantial works during her first term as prime minister. By the time she left office in 1990, PoMo was on its way out, disowned by many of its practitioners, its demise hastened by the recession and building slump of the time. One or two monuments, such as the MI6 building and No 1 Poultry in the City of London, were due to the time lag in construction projects completed a few years later, but both were designed in the 1980s.”

SIS Building by Terry Farrell and Partners:
MI6 Building London

Rowan Moore goes on to say, “listing campaigns are hotting up: Historic England recently tried and failed to persuade the Department of Culture to protect James Stirling and Michael Wilford’s No 1 Poultry…But the real test will come when the MI6 building’s time for listing rolls round.” Buildings less than 30 years old “don’t get listed unless in exceptional circumstances”: the debate over No 1 Poultry has certainly divided architects. If there is any kind of consensus it probably is along the lines of ‘few of these buildings were classics but it was an interesting genre so let’s keep a few of the best’.

No 1 Poultry:
Number One Poultry London
photo © Adrian Welch

Website: Postmodern Buildings in London article by Rowan Moore, 20 Dec 2015

Postmodernism straddled various disciplines from music to philosophy, from art to architecture. We’ve selected what we feel are the key examples of Postmodern Architecture. PoMo buildings tended to be American though the UK also features quite strongly.

We aim to include Postmodern buildings / projects that are either of top quality or interesting, or ideally both.

Key London Postmodernist Buildings, alphabetical:

Clore Gallery, Tate Gallery, West London
James Stirling Michael Wilford and Associates Ltd then Bain + Bevington Architects
Clore Gallery Building
photo © Adrian Welch

Clore Gallery Building

76 Fenchurch Street – Office Building, City of London
1987
Terry Farrell

The Thematic House, Holland Park, North West London
1979-84
Charles Jencks with Terry Farrell
Charles Jencks’ own house

Isle of Dogs Pumping Station, Stewart Street, East London
1988
John Outram

Marco Polo House, 346 Queenstown Road, Wandsworth, South London
1988
Ian Pollard ; completed in 1989 by Peter Argyrou Associates

Number 1 Poultry, City of London
James Stirling Michael Wilford and Associates Ltd completed as Michael Wilford and Partners Ltd
Postmodern Building London
building image © Adrian Welch

Number 1 Poultry building
Highly controversial Postmodern building, criticised for its relationship with historic Mansion House buildings close by

Sainsbury Wing, National Gallery

Venturi Scott Brown

SIS Building, 85 Albert Embankment, London SE1 7TP
1994
Terry Farrell and Partners
MI6 Building London SIS Building
photos © Nick Weall
MI6 HQ Building in London – built for the Secret Intelligence Service

Sunar furniture showroom, St Pancras, North London
1986
Michael Graves

TV-AM Offices, Camden, North London
1983
Terry Farrell

More London Postmodern Architecture online soon


To see all listed projects on a single map please follow this link.

Key English Postmodernist Buildings outside London, alphabetical:

Aztec West business park, South Gloucestershire, west England
1989
various architects – Michael Aukett; CZWG; Nicholas Grimshaw; SOM

Harp Heating, Swanley, Kent

John Outram

The New House, Sussex
1978-86
John Outram

Modern Architecture

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Art Deco Buildings

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No 1 Poultry Listing Refused
The DCMS has refused to list No1 Poultry – ignoring Historic England’s advice.

Number One Poultry London building
photo © Adrian Welch

Number One Poultry London
photo © Adrian Welch

One Poultry building
photo © Adrian Welch

London Architecture

London Architecture Walking Tours

London Architect Offices

Architects with Postmodern Links

Peter Eisenman
Holocaust Memorial
photo © Adrian Welch

Philip Johnson
Postmodern Building New York
scanned image © Isabelle Lomholt

Arquitectonica
Menara Karya
photo © Ray Sugiharto

Moore Ruble Yudell

Modern Architecture

Iconic Buildings

Art Deco Buildings

Modern Architects

Contemporary Architects

Wexner Center for the Visual Arts

Number One Poultry architects – James Stirling Michael Wilford

Modern Architects

Contemporary Architects

Wexner Center for the Visual Arts

Moore Ruble Yudell

Tower 42 – formerly Nat West Tower
Tower 42
picture © Adrian Welch

Lloyds Building
Lloyds Building
picture © Adrian Welch

Leadenhall Market
Leadenhall Market
picture © Adrian Welch

Swiss Re – 30 St Mary’s Axe, City of London
30 St Mary's Axe
picture © Adrian Welch

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