Sunday, 29 January 2012

John Madin, architect

Another obituary of an architect this week– John Madin. He was the designer of the Birmingham Library which contains the Paradise Square shopping centre I referred to last week. Madin was another architect who made a significant impact on modern design, although his Wikipedia entry (link here) references several of his buildings that have already been demolished. How does an architect feel when his work is pulled down?

As well as the rather brutalist library, Madin was responsible for a range of buildings from the Birming Post and Mail skyscraper (now demolished) to a holiday village in Malta. On the web site dedicated to him ( is a downloadable e-book with lots of detail from which some of these pictures have been taken.

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