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Simon Chapman

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  • Comment on: Obituary: John Madin (1924-2012)

    Simon Chapman's comment 12 January, 2012 4:05 pm

    John Madin
    Throughout his career John Madin made buildings of a consistently high standard however, it is only in recent years that we have begun to appreciate his enormous contribution to the modern built environment.

    Birmingham can be proud to have not only been the city where Madin was born and grew up in, but also where he lived and practiced. During his long career he worked through several styles including Postmodernism as exampled by Metropolitan House at Five Ways, Brutalism as the fated Central Library at Paradise Circus, Modernism as the now demolished Post and Mail Tower at Colmore Circus and a Swedish Style as exampled by the numerous dwellings and offices on the Calthorpe Estate.

    To my mind, his greatest work was the Edgbaston master plan developed for Calthorpe with whom he clearly established the most enviable of working relationships. The result is that within a few minutes of Birmingham City Centre are hundreds of buildings, each one a delight to look upon, live or work in. Anyone who has been fortunate to live in a Madin designed dwelling will pay tribute to his design excellence.
    Simon Chapman