Students Staff

12 November 2014

Twentieth Century Society coming to celebrate Essex’s Brutalist campus

Albert Sloman Library

Albert Sloman Library

As interest in classic Brutalist design continues to revive in the UK and the Twentieth Century Society is discovering this weekend how an ultra-modern campus ended up being built at the University of Essex’s Colchester Campus.

To mark the University of Essex’s 50th anniversary the Society, which champions and safeguards the heritage of architecture and design in Britain from 1914 onwards, is organising a tour of the Campus on Saturday 15 November from 11.15am.

The Colchester Campus was designed by Kenneth Capon from Architects' Co-Partnership in the 1960s and was influenced by the ideas of founding Vice-Chancellor Sir Albert Sloman and pioneering educationalist Lord Annan.

The tour will be led by architectural expert Emeritus Professor Jules Lubbock plus Capon’s chief assistant, Alan Comrie-Smith, and leading architectural historian Alan Powers.

Architectural highlights of the Colchester Campus include the Albert Sloman Library, The Hexagon and the Towers.

The Albert Sloman Library was included as an icon of the 20th century in the V&A exhibition British Design 1948–2012: Innovation in the Modern Age.

Professor Lubbock co-curated the exhibition Something Fierce: University of Essex Vision and Reality which is currently open at The Hexagon on the Colchester Campus.


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