Lambeth Towers, South London. An Illustrated Up-side down Art Print, of this Brutalist Architectural Icon.
This building falls on my cycle route back home, and being right at the signal, gives me a lot of time to look up and admire the block of stacked up cubes.
Designed by George Finch in 1964, approved in 1965, completed in 1972 was built on a site opposite the Imperial War Museum. Finch's masterpiece the Lambeth Towers is made up of 10 storeys of flats set over a luncheon club and doctor's surgery, inspired by the work of Moshe Safdie and built at the same time as Safdie's Habitat blocks for the Montreal Expo of 1967. Each flat was individually articulated within a cranked concrete frame that maximised the tight site, creating a strong, square patterning that evoked Piet Mondrian's paintings. It reminds me of Le Corbusier's Unite d'habitaiton in France, with the similar grid and block type arrangement.
Working under Lambeth's chief architect and planner Ted Hollamby, George Finch pioneered an architecture that created buildings with a mix of social provision. Lambeth Towers was a microcosm of the 1960s Welfare State. It provided affordable, high quality housing, medical facilities and a lunch club for the elderly.
Finch's last design for Lambeth was the Brixton Recreation Centre. Its stepped internal atrium connects all of the sporting facilities, achieving a sense of openness and variety, as envisioned by Finch. This much-valued facility was untouched in the riots of 1981 and through recent popular local campaigning plans for its demolition were seen off. More recently there has been mush debate about the 'regeneration' in the area, specific to the Brixton Arches.
This print makes for a great gift for a lover of London Brutalist Architecture.
This poster is available in 4 different sizes A5, A4, A3 and A2 (Giclee)
Please note: The posters are not framed.
Printed on 300gsm thick matte paper. The prints are mailed in sturdy postal tubes (A3) or in board back envelopes (A4).
Delivery in UK: Royal Mail First Class.
Intl Delivery: Royal Mail Tracked. (Please allow 10-20 days for delivery after dispatch for international deliveries bearing customs in mind)
A5: 14.8 x 21 cm
A4: 21.0 x 29.7cm
A3: 29.7 x 42.0cm
A2: 42 x 59.4cm