This is a valuable study but is ultimately personal rather than architectural in its analysis.
Author: Elizabeth Darling
Publisher: Twentieth Century Architects
The architect-engineer Wells Wintemute Coates (1895-1958) numbers amongst the most significant figures in the history of 20th-century British architecture. Through projects such as the Lawn Road Flats of 1934; the Sunspan Houses of the mid-1930s; Embassy Court Flats 1936; Palace Gate Flats, 1939 and the Telekinema for the Festival of Britain, 1951, he is recognised as one of those who brought about the introduction and development of architectural modernism in the UK. His reputation in this respect has increased in the past decade: Coates's work for Isokon was featured in the 1999 'Modern Britain' exhibition at the Design Museum, while, more recently, the restoration of Lawn Road and Embassy Court has brought his work to the attention of a new audience. Despite this reputation and recognition, there is little published work on Wells Coates and only the biography-memoir (1999) by his daughter Laura Cohn remains in print. This is a valuable study but is ultimately personal rather than architectural in its analysis. The (out of print) monograph by Cantacuzino (1978), whilst it provides scholars with a solid and informative account of Coates' life, and a near-complete Catalogue Raisonée, is now rather dated in its approach. It is, therefore, an appropriate moment for a new study of this significant figure to be published. Its primary concern will be to re-introduce Coates to a modern audience, presenting a thorough account of his oeuvre and the context in which it was created. It will show how Coates, as a designer of products, interiors and buildings, developed a new formal and spatial language of design which worked to shape and influence the path British modernism would take both during the 1930s and after the war.
Letter from Wells Coates , The Architects ' Journal , 11 February 1931 , p 234 . '
Inspiration from Japan ' . Article by Wells Coates , The Architects ' Journal , 4
November 1931 , p 586 . ' Material for Architecture ' . Article by Wells Coates , The
Wells Coates's daughter Laura Cohn has written this book to try to illustrate the conflicts, qualities and disappointments of an extraordinary man. The book is a portrait rather than a biography.
Author: Laura Cohn
Publisher: Ashgate Pub Limited
Forty years after his death, Wells Coates is seen as a seminal figure in the modern movement in architecture in Britain. His blocks of flats, his shop and office designs, houses, interiors, radios, and other industrial designs, are evidence of his commitment to a functional aesthetic and of his refusal to compromise his own high standards. Wells Coates's daughter Laura Cohn has written this book to try to illustrate the conflicts, qualities and disappointments of an extraordinary man. The book is a portrait rather than a biography. It traces the beliefs that guided his working life, his ambitions, successes, and disappointments. The unhappy story of his marriage shows one part of his life experience; relationships with friends, colleagues and enemies reveal another side. The longest chapter, Lawn Road Flats, is of both personal and professional interest: it provides an absorbing account of how plans evolved for Coates's first block of flats, and of the relationships between the architect and his clients. The story is of special interest in the light of the controversies surrounding the ownership of the flats by the London Borough of Camden and doubts and fears about the future of the building.
On Lawn Road Flats and Wells Coates see Sherban Cantacuzino, Wells Coates,
a Monograph (London, 1978), and Laura Cohn, The Door to a Secret Room: A
Portrait of Wells Coates, a memoir by his daughter (Aldershot, 1999).
Author: Fiona MacCarthy
Publisher: Belknap Press
Fiona MacCarthy challenges the image of Walter Gropius as a doctrinaire architectural rationalist, bringing out the vision and courage that carried him through a politically hostile age. Approaching the Bauhaus founder from all angles, she offers a poignant personal story, one that reexamines the urges that drove Euro-American modernism as a whole.
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He argues that “the architectural plans of Mr. Wells Coates” present similar
problems of reception and interpretation as “Mr. Eliot's crossword puzzles in
place of poems (as it seems to the uninitiated).” Architects and authors could
Author: Ashley Maher
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Reconstructing Modernism establishes for the first time the centrality of modernist buildings and architectural periodicals to British mid-century literature. Drawing upon a wealth of previously unexplored architectural criticism by British authors, this book reveals how arguments about architecture led to innovations in literature, as well as to redesigns in the concept of modernism itself. While the city has long been a focus of literary modernist studies, architectural modernism has never had its due. Scholars usually characterize architectural modernism as a parallel modernism or even an incompatible modernism to literature. Giving special attention to dystopian classics Brave New World and Nineteen Eighty-Four, this study argues that sustained attention to modern architecture shaped mid-century authors' political and aesthetic commitments. After many writers deemed modernist architects to be agents for communism and other collectivist movements, they squared themselves--and literary modernist detachment and aesthetic autonomy--against the seemingly tyrannical utopianism of modern architecture; literary aesthetic qualities were reclaimed as political qualities. In this way, Reconstructing Modernism redraws the boundaries of literary modernist studies: rather than simply adding to its canon, it argues that the responsibility for defining literary modernism for the mid-century public was shared by an incredible variety of authors--Edwardians, modernists, satirists, and even anti-modernists.
Wells COATES ( 1895 – 1958 ) Wells Wintemute Coates was born in Tokyo in
1895 of Canadian parents . Died Vancouver , 1958 . His mother was an
architectural pupil of Louis Sullivan and was a contemporary of Frank Lloyd
Wright . He was ...
Designs first schemes , including Lawn Road Flats in Hampstead with Wells Coates . 1937 Joins Berthold Lubetkin at Tecton and works on Highpoint and the
Finsbury Leisure Centre in London . 1949 - 1959 In partnership with Lindsey
Callen A scholarly , well - written , two - volume set that is an important
contribution takes a keen look at the women artists working in ... C.I.P. drawings
other people and places besides the Indians of the American At first glance , Wells Coates's ...
Wells Coates , Architect and Designer 1895 – 1958 , Oxford ( Oxford Polytechnic
Press ) 1979 Laura Cohn , The Door lo a Secret Room : A Portrait of Wells Coates , Aldershot ( Scolar Press ) 1999 REFERENCES Architect Wells Coates ...
Author: Alan Powers
Publisher: Merrell Pub Limited
Modern: The Modern Movement in Britain is a new survey of buildings of the 1930s, the decade in which Britain began to play an important role in the history of modern architecture. From private houses and apartment blocks to schools and factories, it features both well-known examples and many projects that have long been overlooked. The main body of the book explores the careers of nearly sixty of the most influential architects and practices active between the wars, including work by such internationally renowned architects as Walter Gropius, Marcel Breuer and Erich Mendelsohn, together with Berthold Lubetkin, Wells Coates, Erno Goldfinger and many others. Arranged A-Z by architect, each entry includes not only a discussion of training and influences and an overview of the subject's work as a whole, but also examines their major projects (some published here for the first time), all illustrated with specially commissioned photography, archive images and original plans and drawings.
If the term were not so totally taboo in Wells Coates ' s circles , one could say that
they were planning a shrine of modern living . John Summerson has made the
valuable point that hardly any of the ders of the British modern movement were in
Coates , W.W. ( 1933 ) Modern Dwellings for Modern N ( conversation with G.
Boumphrey ) , The Listener , 24 May . ... Letter from Wells Coates to Mansfield
Forbes , 16 February Folder 12 , Wells Coates Archive , Canadian Centre for
Author: John Robert Gold
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Category: Political Science
Using in-depth interviews with architects active between 1928-1953, Gold provides a sympathetic understanding of the Modern Movement's architectural role in reshaping British metropolitan cities in the post-war period.
Author: Royal Institute of British ArchitectsPublish On: 1979
In 1930 , the directors of Shand shared Coates ' interest in these new Ekco built a
moulding plant for plastics . principles of space and ... 2 " Response to Tradition ”
Article by Wells Coates , Architectural Review November 1932 , pp165 - 8 .
With architect stacking chairs and two versions of his outstandand co - founder Wells Coates , Pritcharding Long Chair . continued to design furniture – Coates '
s copper - According to the University of East Anglia , faced plywood electric fire