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Twentieth Century Architects: Chamberlin Powell and Bon


 

About the practice


Chamberlin Powell and Bon were a key group of post-war architects whose buildings are now acknowledged as including some of the finest architecture of the 1960s. Their work also includes the celebrated Barbican Estate, Britain’s largest listed building. Despite this, the architects themselves and their practice have been little recognised- until now.

 

The book


November sees the publication of a new volume on Chamberlin Powell and Bon in the series on Twentieth Century Architects, jointly funded by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), English Heritage and the Twentieth Century Society. The book is the product of many years of research by Elain Harwood, an architectural historian at English Heritage and a specialist in post-war architecture. Her work has included investigating the re-discovered archive of the practice; piecing together the story of the architects and the fascinating and influential buildings they produced.

The book also features beautiful images of their buildings by English Heritage photographer James O. Davies.

The culmination of this work has been supported by English Heritage’s National Heritage Protection Plan Activity on later 20th century architecture.


 

Chamberlin Powell and Bon on PastScape


Here behind the scenes at PastScape we have used a preview of this book to add to our records for some of these buildings.
See below a sample of some of these, also with links to the National Heritage List for England where they are Listed Buildings.

The practice’s first major project together was the Golden Lane Estate of flats, maisonettes and associated facilities (1952-1963), which is notable for its use of bright colours. It is situated near the later Barbican.
See the relevant designated data on the National Heritage List for England.

Great Arthur House Golden Lane Estate Ref DP100590 © English Heritage/ James O. Davies


Chamberlin Powell and Bon went on to show their versatility by designing school buildings; such as the Bousfield School, again with its striking use of colour.

See the relevant designated data on the National Heritage List for England.


Detail of Bousfield School copyright Elain Harwood

 

 

The practice also worked on projects for college and university buildings, such as “New Hall”, Murray Edwards College, Cambridge; and Leeds University; utilising bold concrete forms that pushed the boundaries of that medium.

See the relevant designated data for  Murray Edwards College on the National Heritage List for England.
See the relevant designated data on the National Heritage List for England for buildings by Chamberlin Powell and Bon at Leeds University:
EC Stoner Building and related buildings,
Roger Stevens Building 
Harry Price residence

Interior of New Hall (Murray Edwards College) Dining Hall DP136437 © English Heritage/ James O. Davies

 

 

 
Leeds University Lecture Theatre copyright Elain Harwood




Their most familiar and perhaps most monumental and ambitious work is The Barbican, London.

See the relevant designated data on the Barbican.


The Barbican ref. DP100590 © English Heritage/ James O. Davies

 


 

More records of architecture by Chamberlin Powell and Bon

PastScape record: Munrow Sports Centre (Birmingham University).

PastScape record: House at 30A Hendon Avenue, Barnet
See the designated data from the National Heritage List for England.

PastScape record  for the Former Two Saints School
See the designated data from the National Heritage List for England


 

Further information


Twentieth Century Architects: Chamberlin Powell and Bon by Elain Harwood is available through the RIBA bookshop http://www.ribabookshops.com

More about the National Heritage Protection Plan.