Denys Lasdun and Partners
Institute of Education, Bedford Way, Bloomsbury WC1. Designed by Denys Lasdun and Partners for University College London. Built 1970–76. Listed grade II*
`Lasdun’s architecture carries absolute conviction’, Architectural Review, March 1980, p.148. Although a building constructed to a grid, it is Lasdun’s interest in planes and interpenetrating masses and belief in pure form and modelling. His synthesis of the modern movement of the 1930s, inspired by working with Wells Coates and Berthold Lubetkin, and his unique understanding of the formalism of the later generation of the New Brutalists makes him a comparable figure with Louis Kahn and is demonstrated particularly well here. This building forms a contrasting mass to the square pavilion of Lasdun’s extension to the School of Oriental and African Studies, with which it forms an exceptionally strong group.