chapter  1
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One What is it about the Smithsons?

The view from the west as you approach is the famous one: the flat landscape held and defined by the blocks, the skeletal steel framework, the generously proportioned upper floor, that water-tank tower. All are familiar from the early black and white photographs and the architects’ perspective drawing. For this is an icon as well as a building: it is Hunstanton School in Norfolk, the first built work by Alison and Peter Smithson.