New book features our Engineering Building

Posted by mjs76 at Nov 05, 2010 04:40 PM |
The University’s iconic Engineering Building is featured in a new volume about the architectural work of Sir James Stirling.

The title Jim Stirling and the Red Trilogy: Three Radical Buildings refers to a group of structures, designed in the late 1950s and early 1960s, of which our iconic Engineering Building is one. The other two are the History Faculty at Cambridge and the Florey Building, a hall of residence at Queen’s College, Oxford – although neither of those has ever appeared on a stamp.

The book’s editor Alan Berman is an Oxford-based architect whose previous books include Green Design – A Healthy Home Handbook and the pithily titled Floors. This new volume includes Berman’s essays on the ‘Red Buildings’ together with contributions from 24 leading architects, lots of newly commissioned photography and drawings from Stirling’s own files.

We haven’t read the book but we would certainly take issue with the publisher’s blurb which states: “These are buildings much praised by architects, yet hated by the members of the universities that use them.” We can’t speak for Oxford or Cambridge but in Leicester that’s very far from the case. We’re rather proud of our Engineering Building!

Jim Stirling and the Red Trilogy is published in hardback by Frances Lincoln at £30.00.