Chamberlain, Powell and Bon


Chamberlain, Powell and Bon
   The architectural firm of Chamberlain, Powell and Bon is a partnership founded in 1952 by Peter Chamberlain, Geoffrey Powell and Christof Bon. Their prize-winning scheme for high-density housing at Golden Lane, London (1953–7) rehearsed a controversial layout involving multiple ground levels, later embodied in their plan for the Barbican, London (1957) where the loose mixture of high-rise towers and slab blocks and separate traffic and pedestrian routes, gave architectural form to postwar socialism. At Vanbrugh Park, Greenwich (1962) houses and flats form courtyards, squares and walkways. Educational buildings include Bousfield Primary School, London (1954– 6), Birmingham University Sports Centre and the Leeds University development plan (1958). A respect for the wider context of urban design is evident in their work.
   HILARY GRAINGER

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