FREDERICK GIBBERD, A VERY BRITISH MODERNIST
Exhibition, Pullman Court, September 2016
In the mid 1930’s a young architect received his first major commission, a development of private flats in Streatham Hill. Pullman Court became one of the finest buildings of the Modern Movement in the UK and is now grade II* listed. The young architect was Sir Frederick Gibberd.
FPArchitects have been commissioned to design a small exhibition celebrating the 80th anniversary of Pullman Court. The exhibition will show original images of the building from a variety of collections; the RIBA Collections of Pullman Court which also includes a selection of Gibberd’s other significant works; the Architectural Press Archive; Henk Snoek; and some remarkable photographs taken by residents of the estate.
Full-sized OSB sheets, held together with clear cable ties in the shape of triangular prisms, are scattered in a random fashion under the canopy between the seven-storey back blocks, creating a free-flowing promenade space. Their arrangement will establish new 'in between' spaces that will frame vistas of the buildings’ modernist forms. Visitors wandering through the six thematic sections of the exhibition are invited to compare views of Pullman court with images of Gibberd’s other projects. The aim of the exhibition is to create a personal interpretation of the architect's oeuvre.
“ … had I been less interested in people and more interested in building a monument, I’d
probably have been a better architect.” Sir Frederick Gibberd, CBE, RA.