Modern Buildings in Britain: A Gazetteer

Modern Buildings in Britain: A Gazetteer

Owen Hatherley
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The definitive illustrated guide to modern British architecture returns in a beautiful new edition.

Modernism is now a century old, and its consequences are all around us, built into our everyday lived environments. Its place in Britain’s history is fiercely contested, and its role in our future is the subject of ongoing controversy – but modernist buildings have undoubtedly changed our cities, politics and identity forever. In Modern Buildings in Britain, Owen Hatherley applauds the ambition and explores the significance of this most divisive of architectures, travelling from Aberystwyth to Aberdeen, from St Ives to Shetland, in search of our most important and distinctive modern buildings.

As Hatherley considers the social, political and cultural value of these structures – a number of which are threatened by demolition – two linked questions emerge: what happens to a building after it has been lived in, and what becomes of an idea when its time has passed?

With more than six hundred pages of trenchantly opinionated, often witty analysis, and with three hundred photographs in both duotone and colour, Modern Buildings in Britain is a landmark contribution to the history of British architecture.


Author: Owen Hatherley

Publisher: Penguin Books

Format: Hardback

Pages: 608

ISBN: 9780241701850

Publication Date: April 2024