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ZZZ078_N376_medium.jpgAs part of the 70 Years of Concrete Quarterly season, the evening lecture, “The Workplace, Past and Present”, will focus on two pioneering London projects. Rick Mather Architects will present a preview of the remodelling of Centre Point (left), while AHMM and AKT II will explain the innovative design approach behind the White Collar Factory (right).

Concrete Elegance takes place on September 20th 6-8pm at the Building Centre in London.

To book a place, visit www.concretecentre.com

 

Final Frame: KATYN MUSEUM, WARSAW

Commemorating the massacre of 21,000 Polish officers by the Soviet secret police during the Second World War, BBGK Architekci’s museum is split across three buildings in Warsaw’s 19th-century citadel. One of the most powerful interventions by the architects is a chasm between two vast red-pigmented concrete walls that leads visitors down to the exhibition space. The project was shortlisted for the 2017 Mies van der Rohe Prize.

Photo: BBGK Architekci

From the archive: SUMMER 1981

CLOVER OVER THE CITY

At 183 metres and 52 floors, Richard Seifert’s Natwest Tower was the tallest building in Britain when it was completed. But this modern engineering triumph did not chime well with the mood of the time: the office block was “an unfashionable building type”, noted CQ, and in the wake of “ill-fated tower blocks of flats”, all towers were now viewed with suspicion. Centre Point, arguably Seifert’s finest building, had only just found an occupier 13 years after its completion. And the romance of high-rise commercial architecture had definitely fizzled: where the tapering plan of Centre Point had appeared sleek and modern, the Natwest Tower’s clover-leaf shape based on its client’s logo just seemed nakedly commercial.

Nevertheless, CQ still found plenty to like in the Natwest Tower, a “gleaming and sophisticated presence in the City”, it concluded. “The towers that have come from the offices of Richard Seifert and Partners over the last two decades will probably go down not only as the most handsome office towers that the twentieth century ever built but also as the most striking contribution of the century to London’s skyline.”

This year CQ is celebrating its 70th anniversary. Find out more, and access the full archive, at www.concretecentre.com

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