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Modernism: Form follows Function

Designs are based purely on the building's purpose. It is common to find asymmetrical compositions and the use of geometric forms, often with flat roofs, linear elements and projecting cantilevers.

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Central Shopping Precinct, Coventry: the lower precinct by night

RIBA11303
Coventry City Architects Department

Design for Clarke's Close (the Finsbury Estate), Finsbury, London: perspective view showing housing blocks

RIBA36060
Emberton, Franck & Tardrew
NOTES: The Finsbury Estate was also known as the Clarke's Close Estate RD project.

Palacio do Planalto (Highland Palace), Praca dos Tres Poderes (Square of the Three Powers), Brasilia: the public hall with access ramp between the first and second floors

RIBA51321
Niemeyer, Oscar (1907-2012)
NOTES: The city of Brasilia was planned and developed in 1956 with Lucio Costa as chief urban planner and Oscar Niemeyer as principal architect. It formally became the capital of Brazil in 1960 and is the seat of all three branches of the Brazilian government.

Coventry railway station

RIBA55024
Design Research Unit
NOTES: The station was designed by W. R. Headley who was the regional architect for the London Midland region of British Rail. The symbol and the 'British Rail' logotype were designed by the Design Research Unit.

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Fifth Avenue, New York

RIBA69629
Wright, Frank Lloyd (1867-1959)

Model of Eveline Lowe Primary School, Southwark, London

RIBA80791
Great Britain. Department of Education & Science. Architects & Building Branch

Factory for Boots Pure Drug Company, Beeston, Nottinghamshire: the 'wets' building

RIBA87282
Williams, Sir Evan Owen (1890-1969)
NOTES: This, the D10 Building, is noteworthy for its use of reinforced concrete and glass cladding. It is the earliest example of such a structural system in a large scale industrial building in England. It was Grade I listed in 1971.

Warehouse and distribution centre for Max Factor & Co. Inc., West Howe, Bournemouth, Dorset, at night

RIBA101128
NOTES: See also RIBA101075 for a black and white version. This image is from a personal album belonging to John Pantlin.
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