Why the work of architect Richard Seifert should win protection

Why the work of architect Richard Seifert should win protection
Why the work of architect richard seifert should win protection
left, Richard Seifert’s Space House just off Kingsway might — and should — win protection; right, Richard Seifert on site during the construction of the NatWest tower

Another London building by prolific architect Richard Seifert is set to bite the dust. Copyright House in Berners Street, Fitzrovia, is an inventive early example of how Latin American modernism could influence Seifert’s work — its late-Fifties concrete roof canopy does a wiggly samba that would be right at home in Rio — yet English Heritage decided that it’s not good enough to be listed. Permission was granted this autumn for demolition along with planning for a replacement, a snazzy office block by Piercy & Co.

Between his return from the Second World War and his death in 2001, Seifert did more to alter the London skyline than any architect since Sir Christopher Wren and, given that he designed more than 500 buildings in the capital and beyond, it’s hard to get weepy over the fate of this one edifice. However, not all of them are as interesting as Copyright House. []

Aline Chahine
Aline is an international licensed architect currently practicing in Canada, she is the reason you are reading this right now, Aline founded the platform back in 2008 shaping the very foundation of Architecture Lab, her exemplary content curation process that defines the online magazine today.

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