Stretching over 1km wide and consisting of 500 white cube like houses, Södra Ängby is one of Stockholm's least well known suburbs, but is one of the best preserved groupings of modernist or functionalist houses in Europe. Laid out to a deliberate plan, these simple but beautifully detailed houses are much loved by their owners. John Escolme meets three enthusiasts who live in the area determined to put the houses on the architectural map.
The programme this week comes from Ralph Erskine's Frescati University campus in Stockholm. The buildings sensitively respond to the local landscape and the needs of the students, who worked alongside the architect to create the ideal learning space. Architect Mats Egelius spent part of his early architectural career with Erskine in 1974 designing the university library buildings, and is Erskine's biographer. John Escolme met him for a tour of the campus.
From big embassy buildings to schools, from private houses to renovations, Sirén Architects in Helsinki is one of Finland's big players in design and architecture. Jukka Sirén is the third generation of Sirén architects, his grandafther, father and mother having been internationally known for their work both in Finland and beyond Europe. In this edition of Encounter John Escolme explores the many eras of Sirén buildings to find out how the legacy continues into the 21st century.
In the summer of 2016 a special Live To Air radio event from East Tower, TV Centre, White City, came together as part of White Noise's East Tower Residencies. In this special live edition of Encounter John Escolme explores the modernist design of TV Centre with architect Arthur Hayes and tv producer Emma Cashmore.
From poverty to academia, from renovations to Brutalism, Graeme Gunn has spanned numerous architectural genres, and with great success. His pioneering ideas about the economical use of space came just in time as Melbourne's suburban sprawl began to have negative impacts on the city.