Old Bailey Extension, London

McMorran & Whitby
Date Built
1960 - 1972
Old Bailey
The Twentieth Century Society explain on their website that the idea of extending the original Old Bailey building was first proposed in 1960.  It was in reaction to this that McMorran's first plan for the extension was created.  However, when more land adjacent to the old building became available, the plans were revised, 

"... McMorran laboured over these designs, repeatedly and rhetorically asking ‘Am I doing the right thing?’. It was while he was working at home, however, that his eldest son, Alexander McMorran, who later qualified as an architect, suggested he might look to the work of Louis Kahn (1901–74) for inspiration."
The resulting front "... is McMorran’s response: a highly original composition sculpted in stone and demonstrative of the compressive architecture he championed. It was, as one critic wrote some years later, ‘well ahead of its time in the abandonment of Modernist conventions, not for the new vernacular, but for a far more coherent and radical style’. (Brian Appleyard, ‘From God’s House to Bauhaus and Back Again’, The Times, 20–26 November 1982."

"The giant recessed segmental-arched window openings allow dramatic vertical strips of stone containing ventilating shafts to cascade down the façade and plunge from view in beautifully angled chamfers that drive into the wall above the four splendid low doorways, echoing but surpassing the sculptural qualities of Lutyens’s Castle Drogo or Holden’s Bristol Central Library. The whole effect is to emphasise the sheer, apparently suspended, mass above what Sir John Betjeman described as the ‘formidable entrance [to this] splendid fortress of the law’"

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