THe Charles Wilson Building

Photograph of the Charles Wilson building

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Sir Denys Lasdun (1914-2001) was a leading figure among the 'brutalist' school of architects whose most famous work is the Royal National Theatre in London. In 1961 he was commissioned to design an iconic building for the University of Leicester, initially conceived as a six-storey structure. Additional funding during construction led to the addition of a further four storeys before completion in 1966, resulting in the building's unique shape. Sir Charles Wilson (1909-2002) was the University's first Vice Chancellor, following six years as Principal of the University College. He then returned to his home town of Glasgow where he served as VC of that university for 15 years.

Interesting fact: More than 2,000 people have joined a Facebook group calling for the Charles Wilson Building to be painted red and blue in order to increase its resemblance to the Transformers robot Optimus Prime.

UPDATED: 18 May 2009
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