21.11.2021–22.9.2022

90 Jahre gebaute Umwelt im Building Centre

Adresse
Store Street, London WC1E 7BT Map
Öffnungszeiten
Mo–Fr 9.30–18 Uhr, Sa 10–17 Uhr

Founded in 1931, the Building Centre started life as a Building Materials Bureau at the Architectural Association, with the aim of demonstrating to students and architects the best contemporary products and materials available.

In September 1932 the Building Centre officially opened its doors to the public in Bond Street, at the heart of London’s West End shopping district. Across four floors it displayed the latest building products.

We celebrate these 90 years by looking back at key moments in our own history but also look through nine decades of architectural style, delivery and purpose. We ask what were the catalysts for change? How did the wider socio-political environment influence the nature of construction, and what were the most important factors at play?

This exhibition marks the start of a major initiative from the Built Environment Trust to mark the 90th anniversary of the Building Centre and to highlight the remarkable achievements of the built environment in this period.

We have invited leading figures in Britain - from architects, engineers, planners and developers to actors, architectural historians, photographers, broadcasters, writers and artists - to select what to them represents the best examples of our nation’s built environment.

This is not intended as a dry and dusty architectural critique, rather to explore through the contributors what significance their selection has for them. This is not just about buildings - the Built Environment is so much more than that. Our selectors were free to choose urban green spaces, sculpture parks, iconic structures, repurposed industrial buildings, public buildings, public houses, libraries, galleries, theatres, places of worship. The only criterion was that it must be something that resonated strongly with them.This exhibition marks the start of a major initiative from the Built Environment Trust to mark the 90th anniversary of the Building Centre and to highlight the remarkable achievements of the built environment in this period.

We have invited leading figures in Britain - from architects, engineers, planners and developers to actors, architectural historians, photographers, broadcasters, writers and artists - to select what to them represents the best examples of our nation’s built environment.

This is not intended as a dry and dusty architectural critique, rather to explore through the contributors what significance their selection has for them. This is not just about buildings - the Built Environment is so much more than that. Our selectors were free to choose urban green spaces, sculpture parks, iconic structures, repurposed industrial buildings, public buildings, public houses, libraries, galleries, theatres, places of worship. The only criterion was that it must be something that resonated strongly with them.