The Twentieth Century Society

100 Buildings 100 Years

Building of the month

NLA Tower, Croydon

by John Grindrod What did Richard Seifert, Britain’s most ubiquitous designer of skyscrapers, think of his famous towers? ‘They are dramatic’ he told the Daily Mirror in 1974…. More…

Pathfoot Building, University of Stirling

by Alistair Fair The University of Stirling was established as part of the major expansion of Higher Education in post-war Britain. The only wholly new Scottish university of… More…

Hove Town Hall

by Susannah Charlton Hove Town Hall, built in 1970-3 to the designs of John Wells-Thorpe, is a remarkable example of 1970s Brutalist architecture, replacing the Gothic town hall… More…

Cambridge American Cemetery

by India Rose Matharu-Daley Unlike most cemeteries, the Cambridge American Cemetery, dedicated in 1956, lifts the spirits. Its art, architecture and landscape design communicate glory and gratitude, light… More…

Sassoon House, London

by Elizabeth Darling At first glimpse, St Mary’s Road, Peckham, in south London appears much like any other in this part of London. A residential street, it is… More…

Ready Mix Concrete Headquarters, Surrey

by Henrietta Billings Think 1990s suburban office park. Think offices for a concrete production facility. Then prepare to be amazed. The former Ready Mix Concrete company headquarters in… More…

Trellick Tower, London

by Alexandra Bullen Nearing Westbourne Park station, travelling west out of central London, the slender eastern profile of Trellick Tower incites little notice among the handful of housing… More…

Ashburnham Court, Bedford

by Christine Hui Lan Manley Standing amidst a row of three-storey Victorian houses, Ashburnham Court – a modern housing development comprising fifty-four flats designed by Max Lock and… More…

Queen Elizabeth House, Winchester

John Brandon-Jones, of Brandon-Jones, Broadbent and Ashton (Listed Grade II), by Alan Powers At first sight, this building looks like one of the many traditional civic structures that… More…

University of Ibadan, Nigeria

by Tim Livsey The University of Ibadan’s buildings present an interpretative labyrinth – but that’s what makes them so interesting. Planned and built between 1948 and 1958 to… More…

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