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Penguin Pool, London Zoo, Regent's Park, London

Lubetkin Drake & Tecton
NOTES: This was Tecton's second commission for the Royal Zoological Society, the site consisting of a series of derelict ponds and a paddock. A dramatic design was needed to show off the antics of the penguins and this was achieved by two cantilevered ramps spiralling around one another without any intermediate support. The surrounding trees were kept and a cover provided around part of the elliptical structure to protect the penguins from the sun. The flat paths were coated with plastic rubber, the steps were of slate and the concrete ramps were kept wet by a revolving fountain. The structure was allowed under a clause in the London Building Act which exempted from the regulations buildings under a certain size which were not destined for human habitation and which were more than 30 ft from any other building. The pool had been allowed to fall into a state of disrepair after the Royal Zoological Society encountered strong opposition to its plans for major alterations in 1951. The pool was listed in 1970 and restored in 1988. The executive architects were Lubetkin and Drake.

P. J. Carroll cigarette factory and offices, Dundalk, County Louth: the ornamental lake with the reflective mobile sculpture, Sails, by Gerda Froemmel

Froemmel, Gerda
NOTES: This building was purchased by the Dundalk Institute of Technology in 2002.

Deanery Garden, Sonning, Berkshire: the house seen from the water garden

Jekyll, Gertrude (1843-1932)
NOTES: Sir Edwin Lutyens designed the house for Edward Hudson, owner of Country Life, in 1899-1901. The garden was an example of his collaboration with Gertrude Jekyll.

Swedish Pavilion, 1939 World's Fair, Queens, New York: the courtyard with an ornamental pool and fountain sculpted in Orrefors glass

Markelius, Sven (1889-1972)
NOTES: This photograph comes from the archive of Sir Anthony Wakefield Cox (1915-1993).