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Postmodernism: Playfulness

Using historical allusion and motifs from the past to create eye-catching and whimsical buildings.

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240 Aztec West, Bristol: entrance and Art Deco style numerals

Campbell Zogolovitch Wilkinson & Gough

Espaces d'Abraxas housing, Marne-la-Vallee

Bofill, Ricardo (1939-)

M2 building, Tokyo

Kuma, Kengo (1954-)

Gordon Wu Hall, Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey

Venturi Scott Brown & Associates

The Luxor, Las Vegas

Simpson, Veldon

Bryanston School, Dorset: the entrance to one of a pair of new boarding houses

Campbell Zogolovitch Wilkinson & Gough
NOTES: Founded in 1928, Bryanston is a co-educational independent boarding school. Occupying a 400-acre site in North Dorset, the centre of the school is a palatial mansion in red brick banded with Portland stone, designed for the Portman family by Norman Shaw and completed in 1897.

Chiat Day Offices, Venice, Los Angeles

Bruggen, Coosje van (1942-2009)
NOTES: The Main Street frontage includes a pair of 4-storey binoculars by Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen.

Neue Staatsgalerie, Stuttgart, Stuttgart

James Stirling Michael Wilford & Associates

RMC Group headquarters, Thorpe, Surrey: the roofscape with vents in the form of chess pieces

Edward Cullinan Architects
NOTES: This office development was arranged around the landscaped grounds of three historic houses, Eastley End House (late 18th/early 19th century), Meadlake House (a Victorian stable block) and The Grange (late 19th/early 20th century). The retained existing buildings are linked by a series of single-storey structures, except for the executive dining rooms. See RIBA123088 for a black and white version of this image.