K. Allinson
Architectural Press | 0750668741 | 2006 | PDF | 264 pages | 22 Mb

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London is a living architectural exhibition. This handy pocket guide: * aids navigation of the city?s greatest sights with a clear map-based format * features more than 260 buildings, with full notes and references * provides a superb full colour photographic record of the capital London's Contemporary Architecture is a practical and highly illustrated guide to the best modern buildings. Now in its fourth edition, this location-based book has been fully updated to cover the latest additions to the London skyline.

This guide looks at London district by district. It identifies the buildings most worth visiting and offers essential information about the selected architectural gems. Packed with fascinating informative commentary and useful location maps, it also includes examples of London's finer older buildings that are found near to the key contemporary sites.


The City;
The West End & Whitehall;
London Riverside;
Docklands & Greenwich;
Inner Ring;


"In the 80s, the glorious age of Prince Charles, this was a renegade's guidebook, revealing illicit buildings that proved contemporary architecture in London - a threatened species back then - actually existed. Now London's in a so-called architectural golden age, the book is more valuable than ever.

With its splendidly naughty commentary and nifty advice on dodging security guards, it celebrates the only real way to understand architecture: in the flesh."
Thom Dyckhoff, Architecture Critic, The Times

"everything that a Londoner, a visitor or any city lover will need"
Jane Priestman OBE, Chair of the Board of Trustees, Open House London

"One reason why it's good is that Allinson avoids flip judgements to explore pros and cons in depth, with major schemes - The British Museum Great Court, the Sainsbury Ring, Paternoster Square - getting a page or more of small type, not just a paragraph... a truly practical companion to the London Scene"
AJ 25.05.06

Review of second edition:

'Highly recommended is London's Contemporary Architecture: A Visitors Guide...the book is crammed with maps and colour pictures with clear explanations about the design of the buildings.'
Evening Standard

Reviews of the first edition:

'A joy to read.'
Urban Design Quarterly

'The perfect accompaniment to a walk around the capital'
Homes and Gardens

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