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CZWG has another Postmodern landmark listed


CZWG’s The Circle, a 1989 mixed-use scheme near London’s Tower Bridge has been awarded Grade II listed status

The development for Jacobs Island Company, built on former docklands in Bermondsey, was recognised for its ‘compelling fusion of Postmodern architectural design and place-making’.

The Circle features 302 apartments, eight office suites, 12 retail units, a restaurant, a pool and a health club.

It is the second CZWG scheme to receive heritage protection this year, following the Grade II listing of 44 Britton Street in Clerkenwell, designed for television presenter Janet Street-Porter in the 1980s.

CZWG founder Piers Gough said:The 80s were a time when the exuberant promise of the swinging 60s came to fruition in architecture.

‘It was an exciting time to work with young entrepreneurial clients celebrating an overtly witty and theatrical response to the surrounding creative city. Colourful Postmodernism reacted to the dreariness of debased Modernism with a rich fusion of historic and modern architectural devices inspired by the found context as much as the imagined future.’

The 80s were a time when the exuberant promise of the swinging 60s came to fruition in architecture

Historic England said The Circle was a bold landmark in the regeneration of Docklands, and was enhanced by a Shirley Pace sculpture called Jacob – the Circle Dray Horse.

The body added that the development ‘juxtaposes references to neighbouring warehouses with the dramatic urban intervention of a cylindrical void in brilliant blue’.

The circle czwg

The circle czwg


Readers' comments (4)

  • A well deserved listing.

    Great horse - shame about the parked cars, yellow lines and tarmac - perhaps the buildings' new status will encourage an upgrade of the adjacent hard landscape.

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  • At least the yellow lines are strongly reminiscent of French Curves, for those of CZWG's generation.

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  • Chris Roche

    The bold colour, and even bolder form was characteristic of CZWG in the 1980's - a place where anything seemed possible. The work of the office and Pier's in particular was not universally accepted by the wider architectural community, however it's longevity, popularity, and continuity of what Christian Norberg-Schultz described as "critical regionalism" sets it apart. Credit is due to the client, also, for having the courage to support what appeared radical at the time.

    Chris Roche / 11.04 Architects

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  • The 80s were great! It’s amazing how quickly they have become the butt of 21st century jokers?! Saying Milton Keynes and “concrete cows” always gets a stand up laugh?

    CZWG were always witty and relevant, and dispelled the Brutalist image of modern architecture, thank the Gods of all?! And Canary Wharf and Docklands are a triumph for British Design, with the help of our friends from everywhere. Just look at London today, and Spring is here!

    Well done girls and boys?

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