Works of Postwar Architecture

I have been alerted to the listing of the 25 most significant works of post-war architecture in this morning’s New York Times, selected by, amongst others, Annabelle Selldorf, recently selected to review and revise the Sainsbury Wing.

It’s an intriguing parlour game: starts off conventionally with the Farnsworth House and the Seagram Building, doesn’t include the Guggenheim Museum or Lina Bo Bardi’s Glass House, but does include her SESC PompĂ©ia; includes obvious icons like Sydney Opera House and the Centre Pompidou; is pretty thin on the 1980s and 1990s, apart from Peter Zumthor’s Therme Vals; then, no doubt rightly, goes global and anti-canonical, including Amanda Williams in Chicago. A snapshot of current mainstream architectural taste.


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