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Richard Horden Architect : Architecture

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post updated 21 Apr 2021

Key Richard Horden Building – Glasgow Tower

Glasgow Tower, Pacific Quay, Scotland
Glasgow Tower by Richard Horden Architect
photograph © Keith Hunter
Richard Horden – Glasgow Tower

Current architecture practice:

Horden Cherry Lee Architects

Richard Horden Architect- Projects

Buildings + designs by architect Richard Horden, alphabetical:

Habitable Bridge, London

House on Evening Hill, Poole Harbour, Poole, Dorset, south west England
Date built: 2003
Design with Horden Cherry Lee Architects

Robin Hood Gardens Housing Redevelopment proposals, east London, south east England
Date built: 2007
Robin Hood Gardens is a residential estate in Poplar, London designed in the late 1960s by architects Alison and Peter Smithson and completed in 1972. It was built as a council housing estate with homes spread across ‘streets in the sky’: social housing characterised by broad aerial walkways in long concrete blocks, much like the Park Hill estate in Sheffield; it was informed by, and a reaction against, Le Corbusier’s Unité d’Habitation.
Robin Hood Gardens
Since 2016 a design by London architects offices Metropolitan Workshop and Haworth Tompkins appears to be underway.

Skihaus, Zermatt, Switzerland/Italy

Wing Tower, Lake Zurich, Switzerland

Richard Horden – early building

Wildwood – house, 12A Western Avenue, Poole, Dorset, southwest England, UK
Dates built: 1971-75
Steel-framed pared down house influenced probaby by Mies van der Rohe’s Farnsworh House (& maybe Philip Johnson’s one in Connecticut), white concrete infill.
Farnsworh House in Plano, Illinois, USA

European Millennium Tower Competition, Glasgow
Date built: –
Glasgow Tower by Richard Horden and BDP
building image © Adrian Welch
RHA were awarded first prize for their ‘Wing Tower’ but controversially the project was essentially taken over by BDP Architects, Glasgow.
The Glasgow Tower brief required a 100 metre high tower. The Tower was to include a viewing platform, restaurant and exhibition space. Richard Horden worked with aeronautical engineer Peter Heppel, to design a vertical wing that rotated with the wind direction. Being visible for miles around, it allows Glaswegians to tell which way the wind is blowing! The Glasgow Tower was the first of its kind to rotate to reduce the aerodynamic forces on the structure.

Queen’s Stand, Epsom Racecourse, Surrey, England
Date built: 1993
RIBA Awards 1993 National Award
Epsom Downs is a Grade 1 racecourse located in Epsom, Surrey, England which is used for thoroughbred horse racing. The “Downs” referred to in the name are part of the North Downs. The racecourse is between Epsom, Tadworth and Langley Vale. As it is in a public area, people can watch the Derby free, and this meant that the Derby used to be the most attended sporting event of the year.

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Location: London, south east England, UK

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Richard Horden – Background on the Architect

Glasgow Science Centre Tower Richard Horden
image from BDP Architects

Richard is an English architect and yachtsman. He became well-known in the Eighties for light simple buildings that used yacht technology and yacht iconology. His modern rectilinear buildings were part of the Hi-Tech style that swept England, key architects being Richard Rogers, Norman Foster and Chris Wilkinson.

The architects firm tried to transfer the elegance of sailing and the beauty and technology of the modern aircraft into architecture, in a way reminiscent of architect Le Corbusier’s extolling of the modern technology of cars and planes. However, unlike Le Corbusier, Richard aimed for light prefabricated buildings.

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Scottish Tour: best scottish buildings of the last three decades

Glasgow Science Centre, IMAX, and Tower buildings
Glasgow Science Centre IMAX building
photo from BDP Architects
Revolving Glasgow Tower : Scotland’s tallest free-standing structure

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Buildings / photos for the Richard Horden Architect page welcome