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Underground Journeys: Charles Holden's designs for London Transport

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This exhibition at the V&A displays a selection of Charles Holden’s drawings, photographs, posters, film, journals and models. The original drawings include the designs of his architectural practice, Adams Holden and Pearson for London Transport.

These drawings, preserved by the RIBA archives, show the architectural state of the underground and its stations throughout the 1920s and 1930s.

Attracting special interest are his drawings of the stations on the Northern line extension; the refurbishment of Piccadilly Circus station; his creation of a new London Underground headquarters at 55 Broadway; and his modernist station designs produced for the Piccadilly line extensions.

The show also dedicates a special investigation into Holden’s relationship with London Transport’s chief executive, Frank Pick. The pair shared a belief in the design philosophy ‘fitness for purpose’.

From Holden’s first commission to design the facade for Westminster Tube Station, his work continued to shape the architecture and design of London Transport’s corporate brand.

Charles Holden (12 May 1875–1 May 1960) designed over 40 tube stations in London. He was awarded the Royal Institute of British Architects’ Royal Gold Medal for architecture in 1936 and was appointed a Royal Designer for Industry in 1943.

V&A+RIBA Architecture Gallery
Victoria & Albert Museum, London
02 October 2010 - 13 February 2011
Admission is free
Daily 10.00am-5.45pm, Friday 10.00am-10pm

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