Target House, London

Rodney Gordon of Tripos Architects
Date Built
66 St. James Street
In his obituary, published in the Times on August 15, 2008, Rodney Gordon was described as, ".... a Brutalist, probably the greatest (as well as unquestionably  the youngest) of the English Brutalists..."  Among his creations were the Tricorn Centre in Portsmouth and Trident Centre in Gateshead, both now demolished. 

In reference to this building on St. James Street, Catherine Croft, writing in the Guardian on September 10, 2008, explained that, " In the 1970s (Gordon) worked with Abbott Howard before founding Batir International Architects with Ray Baum and Larry Abbot - this became Tripos Architects in the early 1980s. In 1979, Batir designed one building with extraordinary panache, a bronze anodised aluminum-clad combination of shops, offices and flats on St James's Street, London. Its rocket-like corner turret is a nod towards the Edwardian listed building it replaced, and it was a controversial intervention in a highly sensitive area."  At the end of the article she points out that, " With Gordon's encouragement, The Twentieth Century Society has put the St James's building forward for listing."  I can find no evidence that they were successful.