Between brutalism and modernism: Museum Late and architecture tour
Thursday 6 June, 6-8.30pm
On the edge of Regent’s Park, Sir Denys Lasdun’s Royal College of Physicians is often referred to as both modernist and brutalist, but which ultimately is it? Can it be both?
Referenced alongside London’s more explicitly brutalist buildings including Trellick Tower, the Barbican, and Lasdun’s perhaps more widely-known National Theatre on the Southbank; the RCP with its curved lines, mosaic of white tiles and Italian marble seems a far cry from the jutting concrete balconies of its younger brutalist brothers.
View architectural plans, archive documents and original photographs of the RCP’s construction to decide which side of modernism v brutalism you sit on. General admission to the building and temporary archive display is free.
Architecture tour at 6pm
Join an architecture tour of the RCP to identify the modernist and brutalist elements of one of London’s few post-war, grade-I listed buildings.
Join an expert-led architecture tour of the RCP with architectural historian, Barnabas Calder to identify the modernist and brutalist elements of one of London’s few post-war, grade-I listed buildings. Dr Barnabas Calder is Senior Lecturer in Architecture at the University of Liverpool. He is a specialist on Denys Lasdun's architecture, and is writing a book on the long relationship between architecture and energy.
Tour tickets are £5 per person. The tour will last approximately 60 minutes. Pre-booking is required.
The London Festival of Architecture
The LFA celebrates London as the global hub for architecture. The festival returns to the capital from 1-30 June 2019 with a lively and diverse programme of public events across London exploring the theme of ‘boundaries’.
The London Festival of Architecture began in 2004, and has since grown to become the world’s largest annual architecture festival. The festival attracts a vast public audience – well over 600,000 people in 2018. The LFA team works alongside architecture and design practices and practitioners, leading cultural and academic institutions, artists and many others to create the programme each year.
The RCP is fully wheelchair accessible. Lifts and ramps are available in the building and medicinal garden. There is a glass lift in the main foyer, please ask reception staff if you require assistance.
Public seating is available on all floors of the building and in the garden and folding stools in the Treasures room on the LG floor and 1st floor gallery by the exhibition. Assistance dogs are welcome
Our temporary exhibitions are accompanied by large caption texts found in the exhibition space. Full accessibility information can be found on the RCP main website.
- Accessible toilets
- Baby changing facilities
Please note the RCP does not currently have a public café.