The Engineering Building

Photograph of the Engineering building

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Constructed in 1963, the Department of Engineering is probably the most distinctive and famous building on campus and is Grade II* listed. It was designed by James Stirling (after whom the Stirling Prize for Architecture is named) and James Gowan as part of the 'New Brutalist' school of architecture. Since then scores of articles and at least one book have been written about the Engineering Building and in 2008 the Daily Telegraph included it in a list of 'the 50 most inspiring buildings in Britain', calling Stirling and Gowan's unique design "a declaration of war against the predominant culture of dour functionalism."

Interesting fact: In 1971, the Engineering Building was depicted on a 7½p stamp.

UPDATED: 09 February 2009
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