The main buildings of Murray Edwards were designed by Chamberlin, Powell and Bon in 1962, just after completing the Golden Lane Housing and before the mammoth odyssey of the Barbican. To my mind it is their best work, partly due to the scale, but also to the well handled sequence of courts in the plan. The brutalist style is tempered by the use of white concrete and white calcium silicate brickwork. Then of course there is the enigmatic dome. The Architectural Review of the time described how it was made out of units of ferro cimento; each of the eight leaves is 45 ft. long and seven-eighths of an inch thick and weighs over five tons. Can it really be only 22 mm thick, contain steel reinforcement and not have spalled after fifty years? I had always thought it was made of glass reinforced plastic.
This image is also available as New Hall for those, like myself, who fondly remember it thus.
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