The Work of Michael Hopkins and Partners v.2
By (author) Colin Davies
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Hopkins by Colin Davies
Book DescriptionThe architecture of Michael Hopkins' (b.1935) formative years has evolved into something that defies easy stylistic categorization. In buildings such as Glyndebourne Opera House, the Inland Revenue Centre and the New Parliamentary Building, a new individuality has emerged. These works have the uncompromising quality of certain nineteenth-century industrial buildings, yet they have gained acceptance among some of Britain's most ancient institutions. They are often hybrid creations, juxtaposing strongly contrasting elements, while remaining loyal to a strict code of truth to materials and honesty of expression. Traditional and new forms of construction are combined in unconventional ways, often using innovative prefabrication techniques, but without sacrificing traditional craft virtues. Detailed presentations of 26 buildings and projects analyse the genesis and logic of a unique - and now instantly recognizable - architectural scope. This book's publication coincided with Hopkins' most important commission to date - the New Parliamentary Building in London - which enjoys an extensive presentation and detailed discussion by Patrick Hodgkinson. An essay by respected architecture critic Charles Jencks examines themes and historical precedent in the buildings, whereas an interview with Michael Hopkins himself gives a personal perspective to the momentous work and office of Michael Hopkins and Partners.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780714839257
(290mm x 250mm x 30mm)
Imprint: Phaidon Press Ltd
Publisher: Phaidon Press Ltd
Publish Date: 1-May-2001
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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Thinking About Architecture, Paperback (October 2011)
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Limited Language: Rewriting Design, Paperback (November 2009)
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Prefabricated Home, Paperback (April 2005)» View all books by Colin Davies
Examines how the relationship between architecture and industrialized building has become an urgent issue for architects. This work traces the history of prefabricated buildings from small-scale 'prefabs' to the precast concrete mass housing of the 1960s to the present-day revival of interest in 'volumetric' modular buildings.
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Author Biography - Colin Davies
Colin Davies is an architect, former Editor of the Architects' Journal and a teacher of History of Architecture at the University of North London.
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