For years to come, architecture lovers will be able to celebrate 17 quirky post-modern buildings that have now been given protection by Historic England.
The buildings, built from the late 1970s to 1990s, were added to the National Heritage List for England, meaning they will protected from alterations or demolition unless there is special approval.
While many people may think of England as a place for palaces and castles, these often colourful new additions include courts, warehouses and housing projects.
The post-modern style of architecture “emerged in the 1970s as a critical reaction to modernism. In Britain it was closely associated with the economic boom of the 1980s. After a period out of favour, the 2011 exhibition ‘Style and Subversion’ at the V&A marked a revival of interest in post-modernism,” according to Historic England. This style is an importance piece of 20th century architectural history and many of these buildings are at threat of being altered or demolished, which is why the heritage organisation stepped in.
The 17 buildings have been added to the Heritage List in six categories: culture, housing, education, civic, commercial and law. For culture, the Sainsbury Wing at the National Gallery has been added to the list. It’s the only building in the UK from architects Venturi, Rauch and Scott Brown, who are often regarded as the founders of post-modern architecture, according to Historic England.
In total, eight housing buildings were added to the list, including four in London’s Docklands. Part of the reason is that in 1981, the London Docklands Development Corporation was put in charge of overseeing regeneration in the area and the commission embraced commission architecture firms that would create striking developments in order to set a tone for the area.
For education, the Judge Business School in Cambridge was added to the list, as well as the Katharine Stephen Rare Books Library at Newnham College, Cambridge, and the Gough Building, Bryanston School in Dorset. Find out more about all of the newly-listed buildings on the Historic England website.