The Roehampton Lane (Alton West) estate is widelyacclaimed as one of the seminal works of the Modern Movement in Britain.
Lesswell known is the identity of its designers, four ambitious young architects inthe employ of the London County Council: Bill Howell, John Killick, JohnPartridge and Stan Amis.
Launched into practice with a maverick design forChurchill College, Cambridge, their output ranged from additions to Oxford andCambridge colleges to theatres, houses and government buildings.Deriving a distinctive design language fromrevealed structure and highly modelled surfaces, HKPA developed a rich,allusive and extrovert architecture.
Although a mastery of pre-cast concreteand a preference for raw finishes earned them an early reputation as Brutalists,their sensitivity to context, refined sense of light and materials and eye forthe qualities of historic buildings transcends any single style. Geraint Franklin has combined interviews witharchival research to tell the story of the individuals, collaborations andaspirations behind the built and unrealised projects.
Lavishly illustrated withnew photography by James O.
Davies and images from the practice archive, thisbook is a must for architects, students and enthusiasts wanting to discover thiskey practice in British post-war architecture.