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Gritty Brits: Contemporary London Architects

Contemporary London architects are well represented in the collection of the Heinz Architectural Center at Carnegie Museum of Art.

A number of emerging practices—Adjaye/Associates, Caruso St John Architects, FAT (Fashion Architecture Taste), muf, Níall McLaughlin Architects, and Sergison Bates architects—were featured in the museum’s spring 2007 exhibition Gritty Brits: New London Architecture. This generation is intimately engaged with England’s contemporary urban condition, colonizing previously overlooked sites and designing new structures that fit into the existing building stock in often surprising ways.

Also represented in the collection are several drawings and a remarkable model by London-based Foreign Office Architects (FOA) of Yokohama International Port Terminal in Japan (completed 2002). This project heralded a new wave of international architecture facilitated by computer technology. HAC has also a model of the villa designed for a site in Umbria, Italy, by London architect David Chipperfield, as well as characteristic worm’s-eye and bird’s-eye sketches of No. 1 Poultry, a late project by James Stirling, a key figure in British architectural culture.