UCL INSTITUTE OF EDUCATION, DENYS LASDUN, LONDON 1975 I ©HEARTBRUT/KARIN HUNTER BÜRKI 2019

UCL INSTITUTE OF EDUCATION

DENYS LASDUN, LONDON 1975

© Heartbrut.com / Karin Hunter Bürki

Another Brutalist banger by the National Theatre architect, Institute of Education shares many of Lasdun’s signature features: monumental build, geometric prowess, ziggurat structures, exposed service towers and staircases; it is a bit of a hunk unafraid to court controversy. But crucially, Lasdun equipped it with a long, strong spine which holds all the different wings and elements together.

UCL INSTITUTE OF EDUCATION, DENYS LASDUN, LONDON 1975 I ©HEARTBRUT/KARIN HUNTER BÜRKI 2019
UCL INSTITUTE OF EDUCATION, DENYS LASDUN, LONDON 1975 I ©HEARTBRUT/KARIN HUNTER BÜRKI 2019

The Institute stoically weathered three decades of protest, planning obstruction and general bad rep before being awarded grade II listing in 2000. Lately, IOE had its place in the BBC sun as leading background in hit drama The Bodyguard (the high adrenaline scenes in the park in the concluding episode) and the John Le Carré adaptation The Little Drummer Girl (where one of the wing blocks detonated in a cleverly orchestrated fake terrorist attack).

Talking of the Beep: if you fancy listening to Lasdun discussing his work and favourite records, google Desert Island Discs.