The practice of Nicholas Grimshaw & Partners has come to international prominence and renown, having built upon its reputation for structural, industrial and technical experimentation and finesse in the 1980s and 90s. This book examines the fascinating phase of their recent work from the late 1990s to the end of the twentieth century, when the practice expanded to design diverse building types. By the dawn of the new millennium, the practice has completed some of its most exciting and diverse work: the Eden Project in Cornwall, Ludwig Erhard Haus in Berlin, the Orange Call Centre in Darlington, the National Space Science Centre in Leicester and the redevelopment of Paddington Station.
Hugh Pearman describes the structure of the buildings, how they are used and experienced and how they respond to their environment. An introductory essay explores the development of the practice from the early 1990s to its present finely balanced and refined state. Introductions to all 17 projects are written by Nicholas Grimshaw himself; a lecture by the architect gives a deep insight into his thinking and methodology; and an interview with Grimshaw provides a vivid exploration of the person behind the practice.
Hugh Pearman is a London-based writer, broadcaster and lecturer. He has been architecture and design critic for The Sunday Times since 1986 and contributes to numerous other newspapers, magazines and journals worldwide. He is also author of Contemporary World Architecture (Phaidon, 1998).
RAC Headquarters, Bristol; Caixa Galicia Foundation A Coruna; Berkin Stock Exchange; Bath Spa; Lord's Grandstand; Ijburg Bridge; Orange Call Centre; Eden Project, Cornwall; Mabeg Office Building; Zurich Airport; Paddington Station; V&A Boilerhouse; Spine House; Industrial Design Projects; Gresham Street; EIHMS; National Space Science Centre, Leicester; 3 exhibition pavilions, Frankfurt; "Equilibrium" lecture by Nicholas Grimshaw; interview with Nicholas Grimshaw by Enrique Walker.