Wilkinson Eyre Architects (established 1983) is one of the UK’s leading architectural practices, with a large portfolio of both domestic and international projects to its name. Based in London, and highly acclaimed by the public and professionals alike, the practice has twice won the prestigious Royal Institute of British Architects Stirling Prize – in 2001 for the MAGNA Science Centre, Rotherham, and in 2002 for the Gateshead Millennium Bridge.
At the heart of this success is an ongoing commitment to devising innovative design solutions that are at once aesthetically pleasing and technically daring, no matter what the brief. Wilkinson Eyre Architects: Works is a richly illustrated survey of the firm’s most significant projects, from the dramatic large-scale glasshouses at the Gardens by the Bay, Singapore, and the spectacular Crown Hotel at Barangaroo South, Sydney, to the proposed redevelopment of Battersea Power Station, London.
Divided into themes – Landscape, Sky, Water and City – the book provides a unique overview of the remarkable breadth and depth of the firm’s interests. Each of the selected projects is explored in illuminating detail, at first through a description of its principal features and then through a series of extended captions, while a diverse selection of photographs, drawings and plans – some 550 images in total – illustrates every aspect of the company’s work, from initial planning to finished design.
Featuring an engaging introduction by Jay Merrick, architecture critic for The Independent newspaper, and a comprehensive reference section, including an illustrated summary of more than 100 of the firm’s projects dating from 2005 onwards, Wilkinson Eyre Architects: Works is an elegantly designed, incisive and timely guide to a true pioneer of the built environment.