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Architect James Stirling
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Location Leicester University, Leicester, England   map
Date 1959   timeline
Building Type academic
Climate temperate
Context park campus
Style Modern
Notes large trusses.


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"The Engineering Building comprises large ground-level workshops (heavy machinery), covering most of the available site, and a vertical ensemble consisting of office and laboratory towers, lecture theaters and lift and staircase shafts."

— James Stirling Michael Wilford and Associates. James Stirling, Buildings and Projects. p82.

"The work of James Stirling is permeated by a mannerist taste for distortion and paradox, especially at the Engineering School in Leicester (1960-3), where the diversity of forms, expressive of the internal functions of the building, is a pretext for the liveliest interplay of masses."

— Mitchell Beazley. The World Atlas of Architecture. p389.

Sources on Engineering Building

Peter Arnel and Ted Bickford, ed. James Stirling, Buildings and Projects. New York: Rizzoli International Publications, 1984. ISBN 0-8478-0448-8. NA 997.S78J34. Color photo of lighted stairwell at night, p87. Color photo of exterior, p83. overall coverage, p82-92.

Roger H. Clark and Michael Pause. Precedents in Architecture. New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1985. ISBN 0-442-21668-8. LC 84-3543. NA2750.C55 1984. drawings and diagrams, p104-105. — Updated edition available at

William J. Curtis. Modern Architecture since 1990. New Jersey: Prentice-Hall, 1987. color photo of exterior, f12, p252.

The World Atlas of Architecture. Edited by Mitchell Beazley International Ltd. New York: Portland House, 1988. ISBN 0-517-66875-0. Color photo of Engineering School, p389.

Vittorio Magnago Lampugnani. Architecture of the 20th Century in Drawings: Utopia and Reality. New York: Rizzoli International Publications, 1982. ISBN 0-8478-0464-X. LC82-42534. NA2700.M3513. axonometric drawing, f87, p104.

Kevin Matthews. The Great Buildings Collection on CD-ROM. Artifice, 2001. ISBN 0-9667098-4-5.— Available at  Find books about Engineering Building


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