Newsletter 30: Spring 2016

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The Leadenhall Building by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, 2015 © Paul Raftery

Welcome to the Pidgeon Digital Newsletter 30: Spring 2016.

Pidgeon Digital has made amazing progress in the last couple of years, and there are now 276 talks, compared with just 75 when the archive was first published over 10 years ago.

We are now on Twitter. Please follow us @PidgeonDigital. We’ll be tweeting about our new talks as they’re released, and keeping you up to date with architecture in general.

Please see the posts below for descriptions of our recently added talks, now in easy to access digital format.



Graham Stirk: The Leadenhall Building, The Servant & The Served

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The Leadenhall Building by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, 2015 © Richard Bryant. Courtesy of British Land/Oxford Properties

In this talk Graham Stirk discusses the Leadenhall Building – a speculative office tower in London’s financial district. The tower is inclined along the south side to avoid blocking a key view of St Paul’s Cathedral, with core services housed in a vertical “cassette” on the north side. The concept of distinct served and servant spaces, borrowed from Louis Kahn, recurs throughout the work of the practice.

Stirk also explores the challenges of building across the street from the Lloyd’s Register of Shipping – the first building he worked on after graduation and, in contrast to Leadenhall, one of the most bespoke office buildings on the planet, and explains the 11 year lag between commission and completion.

Recorded at Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners’ office in London in March 2015.

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Jørn Utzon & Louis Kahn: Sydney Opera House

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Sydney Opera House, clearly showing the outline of its “sails” © Enoch Lau

This rare recording by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation features the NSW Premier Jo Cahill and Jørn Utzon speaking at the launch of the Sydney Opera house appeal on 7 August 1957; and a discussion between Henry Ashworth, Professor of Architecture at University of Sydney and Chairman of the Opera House competition jury, and his fellow assessors Eero Saarinen and Sir Leslie Martin, Professor of Architecture at Cambridge University, on 29 January 1957. We are grateful to Warwick Mehaffey, Acoustics Engineer at ABC and advisor to the SOH for sourcing the recordings.

This talk was recorded in 1957.

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