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Simon Phipps  screen prints : post-war British architecture


twentytwentyone are very pleased to offer two new print editions by Simon Phipps.

Following the critical success of the preceding series of Brutalist Prints, the new prints continue to focus on post-war British architecture. The new prints feature Balfron Tower by Erno Goldfinger and the Engineering Building at Leicester University by James Stirling and James Gowan.


Each screen print is produced in an edition of 25, priced at £325 each.

The format differs from the previous collection being portrait to echo the form of the two important buildings.


The work of Simon Phipps is reviewed in C20 (read here).


Leicester University Engineering Building


James Stirling and James Gowan formed a partnership in 1956 having worked together at Lyons, Israel, and Ellis. The Stirling Gowan practice was responsible for some of the most significant projects of the time, most notably the seminal Engineering Building at Leicester University (1959-63). This building was to be Stirling & Gowan’s last building as a partnership. Almost brutalist and anticipating post-modern tropes, it was startlingly original in its incorporation of pre-war modernist typologies, and industrial architectural forms. The building was grade ll* listed in 1993.


Balfron Tower


Designed by Ernő Goldfinger in 1963 and built in 1967, Balfron Tower was granted Grade II listed status in 1996. Balfron is the earliest of two similar large blocks of flats with distinctive profiles created by separate service towers. Goldfinger himself lived in Balfron Tower for two months applying what he learned to the design of the later Trellick Tower of which Balfron can be viewed as the precursor. The Tower was built with an attention to detail and planning that is exemplified in the beautifully textured concrete massing, reflecting a time when the values of social housing were better recognised.


Simon Phipps

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