London building designed by modern architecture pioneer faces alterations

Plans to make changes to the windows of a tower block in Bethnal Green, London are currently facing criticism.

Architect John Allan has argued that the move to raise the transoms of Sivill House on Columbia Road may be viewed unfavourably in the future. The building was designed by Berthold Lubetkin, an innovator of modern architecture.

An émigré from Soviet Russia in the ‘50s, Lubetkin designed several construction projects around the capital including the Highpoint apartments and the Penguin Pool at London Zoo. Sivill House, was designed as part of a project he undertook for social housing on the Dorset Estate. Allan has stressed the importance of retaining “key architectural values” in the 19-level tower block, that opened back in 1966.

Allan commented:

“Sivill House is unique in Lubetkin’s oeuvre, being the only standalone ‘skyscraper’ he ever designed.It presents a highly distinctive and illuminating account of his architectural philosophy.”

Allan has sought government assistance requesting that Sivil House be urgently nominated with Grade II listed status to protect it during the coming renovations.

Tower Hamlet Homes, which manages and oversees the building, stated the plans stick to the original design as closely as possible:

“The specification for the work is to replace windows on a ‘like for like’ basis and the windows have been designed taking into consideration the building regulations.”

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Posted by Mark
November 26, 2019

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