Denys Lasdun


Denys Lasdun was more commonly known as one of Britain’s greatest Modern architects who designed some of the prominent Brutalist buildings, like the Royal College of Physicians and London’s National Theatre. Born in 1914, he studied at the Architectural Association in London where he then proceeded to work with Berthold Lubetkin and Wells Coates. Not long after, in the 1950s, he became a partner with Lindsay Drake, Jane Drew, Maxwell Fry at Fry, Drew, Drake and Lasdun. It was then where he discovered and developed his trademark “cluster blocks” - where flats are clustered around a central tower - and designed a variety of developments in East London, including Keeling House. Denys Lasdun also developed a number of educational institutions, evolving his identifiable vernacular of cubic towers, jutting foyers and bare concrete. In addition to fabricating the design for the widely acclaimed ziggurat-shaped halls at the University of East Anglia, he also finalised the designs for Cambridge, Fitzwilliam College and the Royal College of Physicians in Regent’s Park. As a true front runner of modern architecture in the United Kingdom, Denys Lasdun’s designs were occasionally controversial. Among the dispute that arise from his projects, the most controversial architecture would be the Royal National Theatre, which is now classified as a Grade II listed building. As a result of its Brutal aesthetics, there was a difference in opinion between the conservatives.

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