Tour of Smithson Plaza


Series: Membership and Alumni Building Visit
Date: Tuesday 20 November 2018 : 13.00
Speaker: DSDHA

Join us for this exclusive tour of the newly renovated Smithson Plaza. The tour will be led by Deborah Saunt of DSDHA.


Completed by Alison and Peter Smithson in 1964 for the Economist and acquired by Tishman Speyer in 2016, the Economist Plaza has now been renamed ‘Smithson Plaza’ in honour of the original architects.


DSDHA are proud to be restoring this iconic complex: one of London’s most significant urban landmarks and public spaces; widely appreciated internationally as a triumph of Brutalist architecture. 


Having considered the impact of incremental changes since 1964 – the Smithsons themselves made alterations to their project before SOM architects’ major reworking in the 90s – DSDHA have assessed what might be preserved or changed and have developed a phased restoration framework for the complex’s sensitive restoration and substantial upgrade.


DSDHA’s interventions create sustainable workspaces and new flexible facilities as well as maintaining this unique public space for the city. Their design has been guided by a rigorous methodology, devised in conversation with distinguished scholars and experts and informed by extensive historical research and in-depth forensic investigations on the fabric of the Plaza.  


Only open to AA Members. Click here to book your place.


Image Credit: 2018 © Michael Carapetian




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