This collection of paper cut-out models representing London’s brutalist architecture in the 1960s-1970s is produced by Polish company Zupamarket. It includes the iconic tower blocks Balfron Tower and Space House, council estates doomed to premature demolition – Robin Hood Gardens and Aylesbury Estate – and the classic prefab panel block Ledbury Estate. Printed on recycled paper, each model includes a short technical note on the architect, year of construction and building location. An Eastern Block collection of paper cut-out models, representing modernist buildings in Warsaw, Poland, is also available.


Joseph Emberton: The Architecture of Display
Pallant House Gallery, Chichester
Until 17th May 2015


Joseph Emberton (1889–1956) was a significant architect in Britain during the first half of the 20th century. He designed the striking Royal Corinthian Yacht Club at Burnham-on-Crouch (1931), which represented Britain at the Modern Architecture: International Exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in New York in 1932. Five years later, two more buildings, the celebrated Simpsons of Piccadilly department store (now Waterstone’s flagship bookstore), for which László Moholy-Nagy designed displays, and the Southsea branch of Timothy Whites were selected by MoMA for the exhibition Modern Architecture in England. Drawing on the Joseph Emberton Archive and including loans from the RIBA Library, this exhibition considers the qualities of these buildings that made the most influential commentators on modern architecture take note.

The exhibition coincides with the major retrospective of the work of Leon Underwood, who was a lifelong friend and fellow-student of Emberton at the Royal College of Art.

Text: Pallant House Gallery

Jan Kaplický Drawings
Front Members Room, AA School of Architecture
Until 27th March 2015


Jan Kaplický Drawings presents work by the Czech architect Jan Kaplický (1937-2009) – a visionary designer with a passion for drawing as a means of discovering, describing and constructing. Through drawing he presented beguiling architectural imagery of the highest order.

The earliest projects date from the early 1970s when, for Kaplický, drawing was essentially a speculative pursuit. Whilst his days were spent working for other architects, during evenings and weekends he designed and drew at home. His architecture at this time was the plan and the finely detailed cross-section. Never satisfied, he constantly developed and honed his graphic language, perfecting the technique of the cutaway isometric which became his trademark.

In 1979 Kaplický founded Future Systems with David Nixon. Clients included NASA, for whom they produced design studies for the International Space Station. Ten years later a new partnership with Amanda Levete prompted Future Systems to build – and with building came a new creative discipline. The Media Centre at Lord’s Cricket Ground, winner of the 1999 Stirling Prize, was the last project that Kaplický drew entirely by hand. From then on, formal drawings were done with computers by others and he took delight in sketching.

Kaplický was one of the world’s last great architectural and artistic draughtsmen, upholding a heritage that has its roots in the early Renaissance. If this remarkable body of work has one central message, it is that drawing as an art and a discipline must not be forgotten.

Curated by David Jenkins
Exhibition design by AL_A
Text: AA School of Architecture

My Parent the Architect – Polly Powell on Geoffry Powell (1920-99)
12th March 2015. The Gallery, 70 Cowcross St, London


In 1951, three young architects submitted individual designs for a new housing scheme at Golden Lane in the City of London. When Geoffry Powell’s scheme was declared the winner, they implemented an agreement that if any one of them succeeded, the three would form a partnership. This was the origin of Chamberlin, Powell and Bon, who went on to build the Barbican Estate, New Hall in Cambridge and other major projects. In this talk organised by the Twentieth Century Society, Geoffry Powell’s daughter Polly Powell, owner of Pavilion Books, will talk about her father, and his interests and personality both on the job and outside of it. For more information visit The Twentieth Century Society.

For modern properties for sale and to let in the UK, visit The Modern House.


An open international ideas competition has been launched to reinvent the ruined Red Sands sea fort in the Thames Estuary, off the Kentish coast. The iconic structure – which was one of several offshore installations designed by Guy Maunsell during World War Two – has been unused since 1956. Organised by Seville-based ‘Rethinking Architecture Competitions’, the contest seeks proposals to transform the fort into a new observatory. The Red Sands base was constructed in 1943 and originally featured anti-aircraft batteries. The seven raised structures were originally connected by walkways which have not survived. The first prize winner – set to be announced on 1 May – will receive around £2,300. The deadline for entries is 30 March. For more information visit Rethinking Architecture Competitions. Text: Architects’ Journal

For modern properties for sale and to let in the UK, visit The Modern House.

‘Out of the Ordinary: Award Winning Works by Young Korean Architects’
The Cass Bank Gallery, 59-63 Whitechapel High Street, London E1
Until 28th February 2015

Sangsan by LokalDesign

Ahn Junggeun Memoria Hall by D-LIM Architects

“L” Square House by WISE Architecture

This exhibition shows the work of nine winners of the Korean Young Architect Awards. It is curated by Hyungmin Pai, Golden-Lion winner at the Venice Architecture Biennale 2014. The show explores the recent radical changes to Korea’s built environment, and looks at how young practices adapt to new challenges with unconventional solutions. The projects on display range from small urban interventions to major masterplans, and feature materials ranging from the high-tech to the traditional. It explores key themes in Korean architecture today, including the emergence of new kinds of client groups and projects. The architects with work on display include: Chae Pereira Architects, Joho Architecture, JYA-RCHITECTS, Wise Architecture, UTAA Company, D·Lim architects, Lokaldesign, IAEO Architekten,and Oujae Architects. For more information visit The Cass.

For modern properties for sale and to let in the UK, visit The Modern House.

Photography: John McDavid

From Assemble: “Yardhouse is an affordable workspace building based in Sugarhouse Yard, funded by the LLDC as a pilot for the provision of new creative workspace in the Olympic Park.

The layout of the building reflects an aspiration to create a sociable and collaborative work environment. The building is arranged as a simple 2 storey, 3 aisled structure. The side aisles are used as individual studio spaces, and open onto a generous double height communal area. Studios are provided without partitions, but tenants are free to adapt their space to suit their practice, combining adjacent units or enclosing their space for greater privacy.

The main structure is formed from a barn-like timber frame and enclosed by insulated panels. The front facade facing onto the Sugarhouse Yard is made from concrete tiles handmade on site. The unlikely scale, intricacy and beauty of this frontage creates an active backdrop for the public yard onto which it faces.

Through utilizing off the shelf materials and taking an extremely economic approach to construction, the project provides the generous scale, light quality and ceiling heights appropriate for creative uses at a fraction of the cost of a conventional new build. Constructed for only £291/m2, the project presents extraordinary value for money and guarantees the spaces provided can be affordably let to its end users. The building was fully let prior to completion, oversubscribed with 10 applicants for every space.”

For modern properties for sale in the UK, visit The Modern House.

%d bloggers like this: