Architecture on the Thames Central with guest speaker from Hopkins Architects - Saturday 8 February 2020 1.30pm
British modernism pioneer Hopkins Architects, famed for its diverse portfolio of stylish public buildings from the Olympic Velodrome to Portcullis House, is joining our central London Thames tour in February.
This afternoon tour along the River Thames will see Hopkins Director Patrick Nee bring a fresh perspective to the capitals riverside architecture. Patrick will speak alongside our regular guide Benedict O'Looney, a practicing architect and teacher at the Architectural Association, whose deep insight and thoughtful commentary on all aspects of London’s architecture is widely admired amongst his fellow professionals.
While Benedict will survey the landmark architecture of central London’s embankments and the skyline beyond, Patrick will focus on Hopkins’ key Thames-side projects. Portcullis House integrates a number of buildings of the parliamentary estate including accommodation for over 200 MPs around a central light-filled courtyard. Directly below it sits the vast Piranesi-like Westminster Underground Station.
Patrick has been with the Practice for over 30 years, and, as the Project Director in charge of Portcullis House, he will give a behind-the-scenes account of designing the imposing building that was to become a focus for parliamentary life.
Departing and returning to Crown Pier, Victoria Embankment EC4Y. Duration 2.45hrs approx. Regretfully no children under 7. Booked only for capacity for the inside covered deck in case of rain.