Royal Academy celebrates the best British buildings of the last 100 years


In partnership with the Twentieth Century Society the RA has chosen a single building for each year from 1914 to the present, showing some of the most iconic buildings of the 20th century


From an iconic modernist power station to a postmodern office building that's designed to resemble a ship, British architecture of the last 100 years includes some of the word's most exciting and divisive buildngs.

BT Tower (originally Post Office Tower)

BT Tower (originally Post Office Tower)

The period from 1914 to the present is also the most architecturally-diverse in Britain's history, with buildings that appeal to all tastes and sensibilities.

Now a new exhibition at London's Royal Academy of Arts explores the this remarkable diversity through 100 or Britain's most important works of architecture.

De La Warr Pavillion (interior staircase). Bexhill-on-Sea, East Sussex.

De La Warr Pavillion (interior staircase). Bexhill-on-Sea, East Sussex

Running until February 2015, 100 Buildings 100 Years: Views of British Architecture since 1914 presents one building for each year since 1914. They have been picked by supporters of the Twentieth Century Society - which exists to safeguard the heritage of architecture and design in Britain from 1914 onwards - to celebrate the fact that it now has a hundred years worth of buildings to campaign for.

Congress House, Great Russell Street.

Congress House, Great Russell Street

The exhibition features the work of some of Britain's best architects both past and contemporary, including Giles Gilbert Scott, whose Battersea Power Station was chosen to represent the year 1933 and James Stirling, whose postmodernist office and retail building No 1 Poultry is the chosen building for 1997.

No 1 Poultry

No 1 Poultry

The chosen buildings range from grand architectural icons to examples of vernacular building types and structures from the war years.

'Above all, these are buildings that people feel a particular connection to, the ones they find fascinating or that inspire them, and which together provide a vivid illustration of the extraordinary diversity of the architecture of the last 100 years,' says the Royal Academy of Arts.

100 Buildings 100 Years: Views of British Architecture since 1914 The Architecture Space, Burlington House 10am-6pm (10am-10pm on Fridays) It is free to attend





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