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Institute of Education

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Denys Lasdun
 
location London
function university
contributed by davidb

Viewed in isolation the IOE appears to be a classic example of a mid C20th megastructure, insensitively dropped into the city to dominate everything around it. Yet when seen in context, it seems to fit right in, matching the height and scale of its Bloomsbury neighbours. It was developed to replace a range of large terraced buildings partially destroyed by WWII bombing and forms part of an earlier development plan prepared by Sir Leslie Martin in 1959. The spine of the development reflects the C19th terraces opposite and forms a defensive barrier to the pedestrian areas on its west side. Its progress along Bedford Way is punctuated by 5 service towers with corresponding cantilevered lecture room volumes. These towers mark the points at which wings, terminating with distinctive cascading escape stairs, were to spring off the spine and terrace down into a large pedestrian precinct at the rear. However only one of these was built.

 

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Institute of Education
Address
Bedford Way 20
United Kingdom
Project is not public!
How to get there? The nearest tube station is Russell Square (Fare Zone 1) served by the Piccadilly Line.
Completion 1977
ArchitectDenys Lasdun
landscape designerG P Youngman
services engineerHaden Young
acoustics consultantJames Moir & Associates
structural engineerOve Arup
building costs consultantReynolds & Young
Client University of London Institute of Education
 
Project ID 9783
Latitude/Longitude 51°31'24N 00°07'42W
Contributed by davidb
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