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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

RIBA2684-16
Campbell Zogolovitch Wilkinson & Gough

Espaces d'Abraxas housing, Marne-la-Vallee

RIBA3781
Bofill, Ricardo (1939-)

M2 building, Tokyo

RIBA3783
Kuma, Kengo (1954-)

Gordon Wu Hall, Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey

RIBA9800
Venturi Scott Brown & Associates

The Luxor, Las Vegas

RIBA14290
Simpson, Veldon

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

RIBA42840
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.

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

RIBA111520
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 adn white version of this image.

Chiat Day Offices, Venice, Los Angeles

RIBA53469
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

RIBA91801
James Stirling Michael Wilford & Associates
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