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Have your say: help choose the best buildings in London in the last 50 years

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The Architecture Club has launched a competition to celebrate 50 years of London’s architecture by inviting the profession to help pick the most significant structures built in the capital since 1960

The Club hopes to showcase pictures of around 150 buildings at the Mall Galleries, near Trafalgar Square, between June 19 - June 26 during the London Festival of Architecture 2010.

A spokesman for the Club said it was looking for buildings which were ‘significant in the development of architecture in London/Britain, represented a particular strand of architectural thinking or [remain] excellent examples of their kind.’

Practices who would like to submit projects should submit credits, low-res images and a 100-words description to archclub@wordsearch.co.uk before 1 March.

The selection committee is chaired by Ken Powell.

Possible contenders


Royal College of Physicians: Denys Lasdun
BT Tower: Ministry of Works
Barbican: CPB (m/plan 1955, arts centre completed 1982)
RCA: Cadbury-Brown
Centre Point: Seifert
The Economist buildings: The Smithsons
QEH/Hayward Gallery: GLC
Wood St police station: McMorran & Whitby
CU Tower: GMW
Lillington Gardens: Darbourne & Darke
New Zealand House: RMJM
Commonwealth Institute: RMJM
St Thomas’s Hospital: YRM


Branch Hill housing: Benson & Forsyth
House, Downshire Hill: Michael Hopkins
Alexandra Rd housing: Neave Brown
Trellick Tower: Erno Goldfinger
Danish Embassy: Jacobsen
Hillingdon Town Hall: RMJM
St Marks Rd housing: Dixon
Robin Hood Gardens: Smithsons (comp. 1972)
National Theatre: Lasdun
Chelsea Reach housing: Cadbury-Brown/Lyons


TV-AM: Terry Farrell
Sainsbury’s, Camden Town: Grimshaw
Lloyd’s: Richard Rogers Partnership
Comyn Ching Triangle: Farrells
Embankment Place: Farrells
Bracken House: Hopkins
Lambeth Health Centre: Cullinan
Richmond Riverside: Q Terry
QE2 Conference Centre: Powell & Moya
Broadgate: Arup/SOM
Blackwall pumping station: Outram
Minster Court: GMW
John Winters’ House: John Winter


Media Centre, Lord’s: Future Systems
British Library: Wilson
Flower shop and conveniences, Westbourne
Grove: CZWG
Sainsbury Wing: Venturi SB
Waterloo International: Grimshaw
No 1 Poultry or Tate extension: Stirling Wilford
Lloyds Register: Richard Rogers Partnership
Canary Wharf: various
Jubilee Line stations (collectively)
Royal Opera House project: Dixon Jones
Globe Theatre: Pentagram
ITN: Foster + Partners
The Ark: Ralph Erskine
Straw bale House: Sarah Wigglesworth Architects


Westminster Academy: AHMM
School of Slavonic Studies, UCL: Alan Short
Kings Place: Dixon Jones
London Eye: Barfield Marks
Queen’s Gallery: John Simpson
Young Vic rehab: Haworth Tompkins + Howell Killick Partridge Amis
Tate Modern: Herzog de Meuron
30 St Mary Axe: Foster + Partners
Palestra: Alsop
Paternoster Square: various, m/plan Whitfield
T5 Heathrow: Rogers SH
Wembley Stadium: Foster + Partners
Peckham Library: Will Alsop
BM Great Court: Foster + Partners
Roundhouse: John McAslan + Partners
Laban Centre: Herzog and de Meuron

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