Architecture Update: Modernist origins

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The Independent Culture
ONE OF the few British Modernist practices to survive with its reputation and principles intact, YRM, celebrates its 50th anniversary this week with a comprehensive exhibition of its work. Original drawings, photographs and models trace the evolution of this multidisciplinary team, founded in 1944 by F R S Yorke, Eugene Rosenberg and Cyril Mardall

The influence of the German Modernist Ludwig Mies van der Rohe is evident in the firm's best- known buildings from the Fifties, such as an air terminal at Gatwick, while later buildings such as St Thomas' Hospital, London, Warwick University and Manchester Magistrates' Court are readily identifiable by their exteriors, clad in clinical white tiles. The practice was floated as a public company in 1987.

The exhibition is at the RIBA Heinz Gallery, 21 Portman Square, London W1, from 10 September to 17 October.

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