George Finch


George Finch was a distinguished British architect. He was prominently known for his contribution to the residential sector, having developed and designed distinctive post war social housing projects. After graduating from London Metropolitan University (which was then known as North London Polytechnic) and the Architectural Association School of Architecture, George Finch proceeded to work with the London County Council. He was a passionate socialist who considers architecture a powerful tool as it has the ability to change and enrich the lives of post war Londoners. This understanding was deeply reflected in his projects with the London County Council. He went on to redesigned London - which had been destroyed by bombs - and produced high quality environmental, civic and social housing schemes for the public. In his obituary, George Finch stated how everyone was of equal importance, regardless of their social standing, income and job status in life. The buildings he designed reflected the ideals of a home suited for anyone and everyone. He was the front runner of architecture that consisted of slim blocks with communal spaces at the base, even though it was located on small plots of land. Some of his widely acclaimed projects included Lambeth Towers, Cotton Gardens and the Brixton Recreation Centre. The Lambeth Towers was designed in 1964 and completed in 1972. It was regarded as George Finch's masterpiece to many. Each flat was expressed individually within a concrete frame that maximised the potential of the tight size constraint, which resulted it in a strong pattern of squares. Cotton Gardens was completed in 1968. What was regarded as an irregular cluster of jagged blocks was seen to George Finch as a dancing movement. The Brixton Recreation Centre was a piece of architecture that heavily reflected his ideals as a socialist which was awarded a Grade II listed status in 2016 for its excellent architecture and historic meaning.

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