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Richard Seifert: British Brutalist Architect

Author/EditorSeifert: Bradbury, Dominic (Author)
ISBN: 9781848223509
Pub Date25/09/2020
BindingHardback
Pages176
Dimensions (mm)290(h) * 210(w)
Richard Seifert: British Brutalist Architecture showcases 40 of Seifert's most well-known and innovative buildings in Britain.
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The pioneering British modernist architect Richard Seifert was one of the most successful and influential architects of his generation. During the 1960s and '70s he changed the face and fabric of London with a powerful series of highly visible and uncompromising brutalist buildings, including - most famously - Centre Point, the Nat West Tower and King's Reach Tower. Seifert is often described as a modernist version of Christopher Wren in terms of his impact upon the capital, building hundreds of towers, office buildings and hotels in London but also working in other parts of the UK and internationally.

An enigmatic and determined figure, Seifert achieved much in his lifetime yet has remained a controversial and divisive figure due to his unwavering commitment to modernism. Both Seifert and his buildings have been attacked, with his work described as 'notorious' for its brutalist aesthetic and an arguable lack of contextuality. Yet in recent years there has been a noticeable upsurge of interest in brutalist architecture in general along with the beginnings of a
re-evaluation of Seifert's extraordinary contribution to mid-century architecture
and design: a number of buildings by Seifert and his associates have been listed in recognition of their architectural importance.

Beautifully illustrated, this book records, analyses and celebrates a considered selection of Seifert's buildings, including Centre Point, the Nat West Tower, King's Reach Tower, the CAA Building, Euston Station Buildings, the Park Tower Hotel in London, the Times Newspaper Headquarters, the Princess Grace Hospital and Sussex Heights in Brighton, within the most extensive survey of his work to date.

The pioneering British modernist architect Richard Seifert was one of the most successful and influential architects of his generation. During the 1960s and '70s he changed the face and fabric of London with a powerful series of highly visible and uncompromising brutalist buildings, including - most famously - Centre Point, the Nat West Tower and King's Reach Tower. Seifert is often described as a modernist version of Christopher Wren in terms of his impact upon the capital, building hundreds of towers, office buildings and hotels in London but also working in other parts of the UK and internationally.

An enigmatic and determined figure, Seifert achieved much in his lifetime yet has remained a controversial and divisive figure due to his unwavering commitment to modernism. Both Seifert and his buildings have been attacked, with his work described as 'notorious' for its brutalist aesthetic and an arguable lack of contextuality. Yet in recent years there has been a noticeable upsurge of interest in brutalist architecture in general along with the beginnings of a
re-evaluation of Seifert's extraordinary contribution to mid-century architecture
and design: a number of buildings by Seifert and his associates have been listed in recognition of their architectural importance.

Beautifully illustrated, this book records, analyses and celebrates a considered selection of Seifert's buildings, including Centre Point, the Nat West Tower, King's Reach Tower, the CAA Building, Euston Station Buildings, the Park Tower Hotel in London, the Times Newspaper Headquarters, the Princess Grace Hospital and Sussex Heights in Brighton, within the most extensive survey of his work to date.

Writer and journalist Dominic Bradbury has written more than a dozen books on design, architecture and interiors, including Rabih Hage: Quiet Architecture (Lund Humphries, 2018) and the best-selling Mid-Century Modern Complete (2014). Bradbury also works for many leading newspapers and magazines around the world, including The Financial Times, The Times, the Daily Telegraph, World of Interiors, House & Garden and Vogue Living.

Introduction; Biography; Practice; Skyscrapers; Legacy; Case Studies: Centre Point, London; Space House, London; Sussex Heights, Brighton; NLA Tower, London; Drapers Gardens, London; International Press Centre, London; Park Lane Tower, London; Alpha Tower, Birmingham; King's Reach Tower, London; Wembley Conference Centre; Euston Station Buildings, London; Nat West Tower, London; Chronology and Full Project List; Bibliography

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