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Peter Cook exhibition opens at RA

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An exhibition of drawings by Archigram founder Peter Cook has opened at the Royal Academy of the Arts 

The display, which marks the visionary architect’s eightieth birthday, shows more than 70 drawings which Cook has submitted to the RA’s summer exhibition since the mid-1960s.

His first work to be hung in the RA’s annual show was a design for Taylor Woodrow for a housing scheme in Fulham in 1964 and he went on to submit work for the exhibition regularly since the seventies. 

After Cook’s election as a Member of the Royal Academy in 2003, Cook has presented work at the show yearly with a combination of conceptual colourful drawings or models and photographs of buildings, now realised with Gavin Robothan and CRAB Studio.

Early works on display as part of the exhibition include his imaginative drawings for scheme such as the ‘Sponge Building’, ‘Sleek Tower’ and the ‘Way out West’ series along with competition entries designed with Christine Hawley and later Colin Fournier.

Kate Goodwin, head of architecture and Drue Heinz, curator at the Royal Academy of Arts, said: ‘The display takes us on a journey into the creative imagination of this influential architect and educator. It is an opportunity to view beautiful original drawings by Cook from the 1970s and 80s alongside more recent designs, all of which challenge conventional thinking and offer an alternate view of architecture.’

Swiss Cottage Tower by Peter Cook

Swiss Cottage Tower by Peter Cook

Peter Cook RA: Floating Ideas runs at the RA until 2 October.

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