Robert Maguire & Keith Murray
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        Paperback / softback

        Publication Date

        5 Mar 2012

        Summary

        Famous for pursuing the intellectual and architectural toughness of the New Brutalism with the humanity and warmth of the Scandinavian tradition, Maguire & Murray completely rethought the design of churches and reinvented the typology of student accommodation. The book is richly illustrated with drawings from the office archive and new photographs.
        9920641
        9920641

        Main Summary

          Robert Maguire was still a student at the Architectural Association in London in the early 1950s when he designed his first church. A committed Christian and enthusiast for contemporary design, he was a leading figure in the liturgical reform movement that sought to find an appropriate, modern setting for worship. His design for St Paul, Bow Common in London’s East End was the first such church to be built in Britain, and was followed by a remarkable series of churches and other religious buildings in England in the 1960s and ‘70s designed together with the silversmith and designer Keith Murray, with whom he went into partnership in the late 1950s.

          The practice was famous for pursuing the intellectual and architectural toughness of the New Brutalism with the humanity and warmth of the Scandinavian tradition. They completely rethought the design of churches, and went on to reinvent the typology of both the school and of student accommodation. Bow Common school revolutionised open plan layouts, and Stag Hill Court student houses for the University of Surrey set new standards in communal living with its finely judged mix of privacy and community.

          Gerald Adler places this small but highly influential studio within the changing context of post-war architectural practice, where the Brutalism of the 1950s gave way to the more technologically oriented architecture of the 1970s, and the so-called Romantic Pragmatism of the 1980s. The book is richly illustrated with drawings from the office archive, in addition to new photographs.

          Additional Information

          Series

          Twentieth Century Architects

          Author

          Gerald Adler

          Publishing Status

          Active

          Size

          234mm

          Number of Illustrations

          120

          Number of Pages

          224

          ISBN

          9781859461655

          Contents

            Foreword (Jonathan Glancey)
            Acknowledgements

            The Twentieth Century Society

            Introduction
            1. Humanist Brutalists
            2. House
            3. Church
            4. School
            5. Style
            List of Works
            Appendix: ‘5 Lessons’ from Humanes Bauen catalogue

            List of Staff

            Bibliography

            Index

            Picture Credits

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