Modern Architecture in England
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Modern Architecture in England book
It was an exercise in circulatory dexterity that announced to the architectural community at home and abroad that modernism had taken hold at long last. In 1937 Modern Architecture in England, the first exhibition dedicated to contemporary British architecture anywhere, was held at the Museum of Modern Art, New York. Henry-Russell Hitchcock Jr, who just five years before had included but two examples of early British modernism in the International Style exhibition, asserted in the accompanying catalog that England now led the world in ‘modern architectural activity’.1 Change of heart was attributed to the Penguin Pool (1934), designed by Tecton, the partnership founded by Berthold Lubetkin in 1932, for the London Zoo.2 The pool was small but it pulled off a structural spectacle of
1.1 The ramps of the Penguin Pool at the London Zoo by Berthold Lubetkin, with Tecton, under construction, 1934.