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V & A acquires a section of Robin Hood Gardens Estate

A section of the iconic Robin Hood Gardens estate (London), considered an important example of Brutalist architecture, and designed by alumni Alison and Peter Smithson, has been acquired by the V&A Museum.   The building which was designed in the late 60’s, and completed in 1972, is due to be demolished after failed attempts to secure listed status.  Considering the work ‘an important building by important architects’, the V&A have secured a three-storey part of the estate which will be stored ahead of final demolition, with the hope to one day reconstruct for visitors.  

For further details please visit https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2017/nov/09/va-buys-three-storey-chunk-robin-hood-gardens-council-estate-alison-peter-smithson-brutalist-architecture

Alison and Peter Smithson met whilst studying at what is now the University’s School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape, and went on to King’s College (Durham). Marrying upon graduation, the couple maintained a personal and professional partnership for over 40 years, and are considered the main protagonists of Brutalism in the UK.   

published on: 5 December 2017