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Mies van der Rohe + James Stirling: Circling the Square

Mies van der Rohe + James Stirling: Circling the Square


The Guardian ****
‘The battle of styles, the capricious cycle of heritage preservation, the sluggish pace of building that makes it impossible for architecture to keep up with its own trends – all are vividly shown [in this] exhibition at RIBA.’

In 2017 we explore Mies van der Rohe’s unrealised Mansion House Square project, alongside its built successor James Stirling Michael Wilford and Associates’ Number One Poultry. The exhibition sees the projects presented together for the first time, offering a unique opportunity to trace the continuity in purpose and approach that unites two seemingly dissimilar architectural creations.

Commissioned by architectural patron and developer Lord Peter Palumbo, Mies van der Rohe designed his proposal for Mansion House Square at the very end of his career, between 1962 and his death in 1969. The classic Miesian glass tower of 19 storeys, accompanying public square and underground shopping centre would have been Mies’s first and only project in the UK. After a protracted planning process, the scheme was finally rejected in 1985.



  • Date(s) and time:

    On Monday June 26, 2017 at 10:00 am (ends Sunday August 20, 2017 at 5:00 pm)

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  • Phone Number:

    020 7580 5533