UK / Robin Hood Gardens under threat of demolition


From Dezeen Magazine:

The latest bid to grant listing status to the Brutalist Robin Hood Gardens estate in east London has failed and the local MP has called for it to be “brought down ASAP”.

Public body Historic England – which administers and maintains the register of England’s listed buildings – has announced that the UK government will not list the historic 1970s complex designed by architects Alison and Peter Smithson.

This is in spite of the revived campaign by heritage organisation the Twentieth Century Society, which is supported by architects including Richard Rogers.

Labour politician Jim Fitzpatrick, the elected member of parliament for Poplar and Limehouse, told Dezeen that the estate’s historical significance is “nonsense”.

“We have two buildings from the same period and style in Glenkerry and Balfron, and in much better condition,” Fitzpatrick said. “Robin Hood Gardens is well past its demolition date, and should be brought down ASAP in my view.”

read the full article on Dezeen

and a Review of the Building on ArchDaily: AD Classics Robin Hood Gardens | Allison and Peter Smithson


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