Rodney Gordon for Owen Luder Partnership
Eros House is the first major work Rodney Gordon produced while working for the Owen Luder Partnership. Gordon went on to design two more commercial developments that were to become Brutalist icons – Trinity Square in Gateshead and the Tricorn in Portsmouth. In parts futuristic, gothic, dramatic, sculptural and monumental, both have been demolished by philistine local authorities. Sadly, Eros House, an early example of Brutalism in commercial developments, hasn’t fared much better. Although still standing, its front and rear elevations are now clad in cheap and tacky vinyl panels which utterly destroy the deeply modelled composition of projecting bays that once gave the building its Constructivist vigour. Thankfully, the external stair tower to the front of the building, its structure expressed with concrete beams piercing the glazed walls, was not vandalised in this manner. To the rear is a phenomenally good, highly sculptural, expressionistic, raw shuttered concrete spiral staircase.