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Boots Pharmaceutical Factory
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Architect Sir Owen Williams
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Location Beeston, in Nottinghamshire, England
Date 1930 to 1932   timeline
Building Type pharmaceutical factory
 Construction System cocrete and glass curtain walls
Climate temperate
Style Modern
Notes structural arcticulation of massing and long facades.
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Discussion Boots Pharmaceutical Factory Commentary

"The key to the understanding of this building is to be found in the integration of structure and glazing on a functionally organized planning grid. One of the world’s largest reinforced concrete buildings, its four storeys were almost entirely enveloped in glass. The main working areas are four storeys in height and galleries on mushroom-headed columns define these parts. The external result is architecturally somewhat confused but the total effect is confidently stunning."

—Dennis Sharp. Twentieth Century Architecture: a Visual History. p125.

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Sir Banister Fletcher. Sir Banister Fletcher's A History of Architecture. 18th ed., revised by J.C. Palmes. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1975. ISBN 684-14207-4. NA200.F63.

Kenneth Frampton. Modern Architecture 1851-1945. New York: Rizzoli International Publications, 1983. ISBN 0-8478-0506-9. LC 83-61363. NA642.F7 1983. plan, p358. color photo of interior, p359.

Frank Hoar. An Introduction to English Architecture. London: Evans Brothers Limited, 1963. NA961.H6. perspective cut away drawing, p188.

John Julius Norwich, ed. Great Architecture of the World. London: Mitchell Beazley Publishers, 1975. exterior photo, p250.

Dennis Sharp, ed. The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Architects and Architecture. New York: Whitney Library of Design, an imprint of Watson-Guptil Publications, 1991. ISBN 0-8230-2539-X. project rendering, p164.

Dennis Sharp. Twentieth Century Architecture: a Visual History. New York: Facts on File, 1990. ISBN 0-8160-2438-3. NA680.S517. interior photo, p125.

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