Over the last 20 years London has offered some of the most exciting opportunities for new architecture anywhere in the world. This is partly because of the quality and variety of London’s existing architecture and urban form, partly because of London’s commercial success and partly because of the strength of its architectural community.
Founded in 1993, John Robertson Architects has played a particular part in London’s architectural renaissance over this period. They have restored notable landmarks, brought new life to functionally obsolete and aesthetically dated buildings, and constructed several million square feet of new space – in the City, the West End, and various waterside sites.
They have evolved an approach called “contextual modernism” which allows for the reflection of the traditions of civic architecture in designs, but with a fresh and relevant feel. It is a way of creating a contemporary identity for a new building, but crafting that identity so it enhances and is enhanced by its context.
This exhibition will present this approach through drawings, models, photographs and a specially commissioned film. It will also set out the practice’s proposals for The City in 2050: a decarbonised and pedestrianised core, a dynamic new cultural quarter around Smithfield and the river given over to leisure and promoting sustainability.