• Description

    "Students' Union Building including steps, landing stage and attached walls, 1964-6 by the Architects' Co- Partnership: partner-in-charge Michael Powers; job architect Richard Raines; engineers Ove Arup and Partners. Brutalist style....Reasons for Designation Dunelm House, University of Durham 1964-6 by Architects’ Co-Partnership, is listed at Grade II for the following principal reasons: * Architectural interest: a significant Brutalist building that reflects the latest in architectural thinking for its date; * Design quality: in response to its extraordinary site, it was carefully designed as a balance of horizontal planes, with vertical accents provided by the monopitch roofs, the rhythm of the mullions and the vertical accent of the single chimney; the impact is striking; * Planning: a carefully stacked plan representing a creative response to its brief on one of the most challenging sites in the country at the time, resulting in a bold and highly successful design; * Architects: an important building in Architects' Co-Partnership portfolio, designed by talented young architect Richard Raines, who combined an international knowledge of architecture with specific training under its leading British teachers, John Killick and Peter Smithson at the Architectural Association; * Group value: it benefits from a very strong group value with the Grade I listed Kingsgate Bridge, and to a lesser but still significant degree with the Cathedral and Castle Precinct World Heritage Site, to which it acts as a visual counterpart across the river; * Historic interest: the foremost students’ union building of the post-war era in England, which compares with students’ unions being built around the world in the 1960s...."
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    Historic England
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    Link: https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1477064
    Resource type: Text/Website
    Added by: Simon Cotterill
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