Postmodernism Officially Becomes Heritage: 10 London Buildings Listed

Harry Rosehill
By Harry Rosehill Last edited 6 months ago

Looks like this article is a bit old. Be aware that information may have changed since it was published.

Postmodernism Officially Becomes Heritage: 10 London Buildings Listed
Hillingdon Civic Centre, Uxbridge © Historic England

Postmodernism — the architectural movement that attempted to inject a sense of fun into our surroundings — fell out of favour in recent years due in part to the brutalism revival. However, postmodernism is garnering respect, at least in the eyes of Historic England.

They've listed 16 examples of postmodern architecture, 10 of which are in London. Most of these are housing projects, often in the Docklands region, which is somewhat of a haven for postmodernism. There are some outliers however, Founders Hall in the City of London is one, and Hillingdon Civic Centre another.

Below is a gallery with some of the London buildings selected for listing.

Founders Hall, 1 Cloth Fair © Historic England
Inside Founders Hall © Historic England

Thematic house in Kensington stands above all the others on this list, it's the only one deemed important enough to achieve the coveted Grade I listing.

China Wharf, 29 Mill Street, Tower Bridge © Historic England

Duncan Wilson, Chief Executive of Historic England, said:

"Post-Modern architecture brought fun and colour to our streets. Housing schemes were enlivened with bold façades, a school technology building was decorated with columns designed as screws, a business park injected with glamour. These are scarce survivals of a really influential period of British architecture and these buildings deserve the protection that listing gives them."

Cowper Terrace, Westbourne Grove © Historic England
Cascades, Isle of Dogs © Historic England
Thematic House AKA Elemental House, Kensington and Chelsea © Historic England
Inside Thematic House © Historic England
Swedish Quays, Greenland Dock © Historic England

Last Updated 10 May 2018