Samiksha Jaiswal

1961 in architecture

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1961 in architecture

The year 1961 in architecture involved some significant architectural events and new buildings.



  • December - Demolition of the Euston Arch in London begins.
  • Archigram is founded as an avant-garde architectural group based at the Architectural Association, London, and publishes its manifesto Archigram I. It will work through hypothetical projects and an associated magazine.
  • Ahrends, Burton and Koralek is formed as an architectural practice in London.
  • Building Design Partnership is formed in Preston, Lancashire.
  • St Eusebius' Church, Arnhem, Netherlands, is restored by Berend Tobia Boeyinga.
  • The first apartment blocks in Hungary of Panelház (large panel building) construction are erected in Dunaújváros.
  • Construction of Jatiyo Sangsad Bhaban (house of the national parliament of Bangladesh) in Dhaka, designed by Louis Kahn, begins.
  • Double tee beams are first used by Gene Leedy in constructing his own office at Winter Haven, Florida.
  • Buildings opened

  • March 11 - Benton Park School, Leeds, England, designed by Sir John Burnet, Tait and Partners, formally opened.
  • May 17 - Guildford Cathedral, England, designed by Sir Edward Maufe, dedicated.
  • May 18 - The Henninger Turm in Frankfurt, Germany, designed by Karl Leiser, inaugurated.
  • September 17 - The Civic Arena, Pittsburgh, United States, designed by Mitchell and Ritchey, is completed (demolished 2011-2012).
  • October 17 - The Kremlin Palace of Congresses in Moscow, Soviet Union, designed by a team led by M. Posokhin.
  • November 20 - Dungeness Lighthouse on the south coast of England, designed by Philip W. Hunt (engineer) and Ronald Ward and Partners (architects), illuminated.
  • December 17 - New Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church (Gedächtniskirche) in Berlin, designed by Egon Eiermann, consecrated.
  • Buildings completed

  • December 8 - The Space Needle in Seattle, Washington, United States, designed by Edward Carlson, John Graham and Victor Steinbrueck.
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  • The Palazzo del Lavoro and Palazzetto dello sport in Turin, designed by Pier Luigi Nervi.
  • One Chase Manhattan Plaza in New York City, United States, designed by Gordon Bunshaft of Skidmore, Owings and Merrill.
  • The Empress State Building in London, England, designed by Stone, Toms & Partners.
  • Brasenose College, Oxford, England, Staircases 16, 17 and 18, designed by Powell and Moya.
  • Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford, England, Wolfson Quadrangle library and entrance, designed by Raymond Erith.
  • Yokohama Marine Tower in Yokohama, Japan.
  • Chungking Mansions in Hong Kong, China.
  • Park Hill Flats, Sheffield, England, designed by Jack Lynn and Ivor Smith.
  • Embassy of the United States, Baghdad, Iraq, designed by Josep Lluís Sert, is completed (abandoned 1990).
  • Michael Faraday Memorial at Elephant and Castle in London, designed by Rodney Gordon.
  • Service station with hyperbolic paraboloid concrete shell roof at Markham Moor, Nottinghamshire, England, designed by Sam Scorer.
  • Publications

  • Jane Jacobs - The Death and Life of Great American Cities
  • Lewis Mumford - The City in History
  • Gordon Cullen - The Concise Townscape
  • Awards

  • AIA Gold Medal - Le Corbusier.
  • RAIA Gold Medal - Louis Laybourne-Smith.
  • Royal Gold Medal - Lewis Mumford.
  • Rome Prize - Max Abramovitz
  • Births

  • November 18 - Dietmar Feichtinger, Austrian architect based in Paris
  • Patrik Schumacher, German-born architect
  • Deaths

  • July 18 - Olaf Andreas Gulbransson, German architect (born 1916)
  • September 1 - Eero Saarinen, Finnish architect and industrial designer (born 1910)
  • September 16 - Walter Godfrey, English architectural historian and architect (born 1881)
  • October 19 - Jan Buijs, Dutch architect (born 1889)
  • Yehuda Magidovitch, Israeli architect (born 1886)
  • References

    1961 in architecture Wikipedia

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