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Leicester University Engineering Building

Leicester University Engineering Building

Part of

People

  • Stirling and Gowan (creator)
  • Stirling and Gowan (architectural firm)
  • Malcolm Higgs (architect)
  • Kit Evans (architect)
  • Quinlan Terry (architect)
  • Julian Harrap (architect)
  • David Walsby (architect)
  • Edward Reynolds (student)
  • James Frazer Stirling (archive creator)

Title

Leicester University Engineering Building

Dates of creation

[1959]-1984, predominant 1959-1963

Level of archival description

File 23

Extent and Medium

  • 81 reprographic copies
  • 36 photographs
  • 32 drawings
  • 16 photomechanical prints
  • 3 files
  • 1 negative
  • 1 printing plate
  • 1 transparency
  • 0.30 l.m. of photographic materials
  • 0.01 l.m. of textual records

Scope and Content

File documents an executed project for the Leicester University Engineering Building, Leicester, England, United Kingdom. Material in this file was produced between 1959 and 1984.

File contains design development drawings, working drawings, presentation drawings, detail drawings, record drawings, photographic materials, photomechanical prints, textual records and a printing plate.

Reference Number

AP140.S2.SS1.D23

Location

Leicester Leicester England United Kingdom

Language of material

Documents are in English and German.

Related units of description

  • Textual records AP140.S2.SS1.D31.P15 also include information on file AP140.S2.SS1.D23.
  • Photographs AP140.S2.SS7.D1.P18 also include information on file AP140.S2.SS1.D23.
  • Photographs AP140.S2.SS7.D1.P6 also include information on file AP140.S2.SS1.D23.
  • Slides AP140.S2.SS7.D2.P6 also include information on file AP140.S2.SS1.D23.
  • Other CCA objects related to this project, but which are not part of the James Stirling/Michael Wilford Fonds, are reprographic copies DR2003:0005:010 - DR2003:0005:021.
  • Textual records AP140.S2.SS10.D1.P42 also include information on file AP140.S2.SS1.D23.
  • Textual records AP140.S2.SS10.D1.P41 also include information on file AP140.S2.SS1.D23.

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    • Reference Number: AP140.S2.SS1.D23.P1
    • Title: Plan obliques, a sketch axonometric and a perspective
    • Dates of creation: between 1959 and 1963
    • Form: drawings
    • Catalogued items within this file 3

    People:

    • Michael Wilford (draughtsman)
    • James Gowan (draughtsman)
    • James Frazer Stirling (archive creator)

    Description:

    plan obliques for an early design, a sketch axonometric for the glazing of the stairs of the laboratories tower block, and a perspective showing a more developed design for the building

    Quantity / Object type:

    3 design development drawing(s)

    Stage and Purpose:

    • design development drawings

    Technique and media:

    Graphite and coloured pencil on translucent paper

    Dimensions:

    sheet (smallest): 39 x 40 cm sheet (largest): 62 x 37 cm

    Physical Description:

    - The early design development drawing for two plan obliques is folded. The sketch axonometric for the teaching laboratories stair glazing and the earlier perspective were in mats stamped "Engineering Building. Leicester University. 1959-63".

    Credit line:

    James Stirling/Michael Wilford fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal

    Objects that have been catalogued:

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    • Reference Number: AP140.S2.SS1.D23.P2
    • Title: Working drawings including a site plan, block and grading plans
    • Dates of creation: 1960 or after
    • Form: drawings
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • James Frazer Stirling (archive creator)

    Description:

    working drawings including a site plan, block and grading plans, floor plans, utility plans, elevations, sections, and a perspective for an earlier design

    Quantity / Object type:

    38 working drawing(s)

    Stage and Purpose:

    • working drawings

    Dimensions:

    sheets (smallest): 35 x 36 cm sheets (largest): 84 x 104 cm

    Credit line:

    James Stirling/Michael Wilford fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal

    Folder Number:

    140-0534

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    • Reference Number: AP140.S2.SS1.D23.P3
    • Title: Record drawings showing plans for the heating and mechanical services
    • Dates of creation: 1967 or after
    • Form: drawings
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • James Frazer Stirling (archive creator)

    Quantity / Object type:

    25 record drawing(s)

    Stage and Purpose:

    • record drawings

    Dimensions:

    sheets: 60 x 84 cm

    Credit line:

    James Stirling/Michael Wilford fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal

    Folder Number:

    140-0535

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    • Reference Number: AP140.S2.SS1.D23.P5
    • Title: Shop drawings by the glazing contractor Faulkner Greene & Co
    • Dates of creation: 1961 or after
    • Form: drawings
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • James Frazer Stirling (archive creator)

    Description:

    shop drawings by the glazing contractor Faulkner Greene & Co. for the patent glazing of the south block of workshops and the entrance hall

    Quantity / Object type:

    6 working drawing(s)

    Stage and Purpose:

    • working drawings

    Dimensions:

    sheets: 61 x 92 cm

    Credit line:

    James Stirling/Michael Wilford fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal

    Folder Number:

    140-0537

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    • Reference Number: AP140.S2.SS1.D23.P6
    • Title: Rendered site plan, floor plans, partial plans, elevations for the penultimate and final designs
    • Dates of creation: between 1959 and 1963
    • Form: drawings
    • Catalogued items within this file 7

    People:

    • James Frazer Stirling (archive creator)

    Description:

    rendered site plan, floor plans, partial plans, elevations for the penultimate and final designs, several cross sections and partial sections, a partial elevation, sections and plans for the head of the chimney flue, a sectional axonometric for the entrance podium, and a few plan obliques for the building; also a freehand axonometric showing the distribution of the functions and the circulation patterns for students and vehicles

    Quantity / Object type:

    24 presentation drawing(s)

    Stage and Purpose:

    • presentation drawings (proposals)

    Technique and media:

    Graphite and ink on translucent paper

    Dimensions:

    sheet (smallest): 26 x 40 cm sheet (largest): 58 x 76 cm

    Physical Description:

    - The second floor presentation drawing, the penultimate east elevation, the cross section through the access galleries, the cross section for the one-storey workshop, and the Engineering Building plan oblique were each in mats stamped "Engineering Building Leicester University 1959-63".

    Credit line:

    James Stirling/Michael Wilford fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal

    Folder Number:

    140-0538

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    • Reference Number: AP140.S2.SS1.D23.P7
    • Title: Detail sketches
    • Dates of creation: 1965
    • Form: drawings
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • James Frazer Stirling (archive creator)

    Description:

    detail sketches describing the defects and proposed remedial work to the exterior tiling for the office block, and for the stair and lift cores; includes a full-scale detail section and plan, and an axonometric that relates to water penetration through the louvres

    Quantity / Object type:

    5 detail drawing(s)

    Stage and Purpose:

    • detail drawings

    Technique and media:

    Graphite and ink on translucent paper

    Dimensions:

    sheet (smallest): 33 x 21 cm sheet (largest): 71 x 64 cm

    Credit line:

    James Stirling/Michael Wilford fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal

    Folder Number:

    140-0539

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    • Reference Number: AP140.S2.SS1.D23.P8
    • Title: Axonometric and a large internegative of the drawing
    • Dates of creation: 1984
    • Form: drawings
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • James Frazer Stirling (archive creator)

    Quantity / Object type:

    16 photomechanical print(s)

    Technique and media:

    Photomechanical prints and an internegative

    Dimensions:

    sheet (smallest): 47 x 43 cm sheet (largest): 67 x 45 cm negative: 66 x 51 cm

    Physical Description:

    - The internegative is mounted on a plastic sheet, with adhered red masking paper.

    Credit line:

    James Stirling/Michael Wilford fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal

    Folder Number:

    140-0540

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    • Reference Number: AP140.S2.SS1.D23.P10
    • Title: Views of presentation drawings and of the exterior and interior of the completed building
    • Dates of creation: 1963-1964
    • Form: photographs
    • Catalogued items within this file 2

    People:

    • Yukio Futagawa (photographer)
    • Brecht-Einzig (photographic studio)
    • Richard Einzig (photographer)
    • James Frazer Stirling (archive creator)

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 photograph(s)

    Technique and media:

    Gelatin silver prints and chromogenic colour prints

    Dimensions:

    photographic materials: 0.02 l.m.

    Credit line:

    James Stirling/Michael Wilford fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal

    Folder Number:

    140-0542

    Objects that have been catalogued:

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    • Reference Number: AP140.S2.SS1.D23.P11
    • Title: Views of design development, presentation and publication drawings
    • Dates of creation: 1963-1964
    • Form: photographs
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • James Frazer Stirling (archive creator)

    Description:

    views of design development, presentation and publication drawings, and views of drawings not otherwise present in the project documents, including a sketch axonometric showing an alternative design for the glazing of the stairs of the laboratories tower block, two plan obliques for an early design, and a diagrammatic plan and elevations for the workshop roof; includes a view of a caricature of the Leicester University Engineering Building as a ship

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 photograph(s)

    Technique and media:

    Gelatin silver prints

    Dimensions:

    photographic materials: 0.01 l.m.

    Credit line:

    James Stirling/Michael Wilford fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal

    Folder Number:

    140-0543

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    • Reference Number: AP140.S2.SS1.D23.P12
    • Title: Views of the presentation drawings and of the exterior and interior of the completed building
    • Dates of creation: 1959 or after and 1964
    • Form: photographs
    • Catalogued items within this file 5

    People:

    • Richard Einzig (photographer)
    • John Donat (photographer)
    • Michael Carapetian (photographer)
    • James Frazer Stirling (photographer)
    • Roger G. Richards (photographer)
    • Brecht-Einzig (photographic studio)
    • James Frazer Stirling (archive creator)

    Description:

    views of the presentation drawings and of the exterior and interior of the completed building, including some details; also a view of a letter from the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Leicester, T. A. F. Noble, to James Stirling, dated 19th February 1964, concerning an article in the magazine 'New Statesman' by Reyner Banham on the Engineering Building

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 photograph(s)

    Technique and media:

    Gelatin silver prints

    Dimensions:

    photographic materials: 0.03 l.m.

    Credit line:

    James Stirling/Michael Wilford fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal

    Folder Number:

    140-0544

    Objects that have been catalogued:

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    • Reference Number: AP140.S2.SS1.D23.P13
    • Title: Views of the exterior and interior of the completed building, including some details
    • Dates of creation: 1963 or after
    • Form: photographs
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • Richard Einzig (photographer)
    • John Donat (photographer)
    • Michael Carapetian (photographer)
    • James Frazer Stirling (photographer)
    • Brecht-Einzig (photographic studio)
    • James Frazer Stirling (archive creator)

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 photograph(s)

    Technique and media:

    Gelatin silver prints

    Dimensions:

    photographic materials: 0.04 l.m.

    Credit line:

    James Stirling/Michael Wilford fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal

    Folder Number:

    140-0545

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    • Reference Number: AP140.S2.SS1.D23.P14
    • Title: Views of the building site and of the exterior and interior of the completed building
    • Dates of creation: 1959 or after
    • Form: photographs
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • Richard Einzig (photographer)
    • James Frazer Stirling (photographer)
    • Sandra Lousada (photographer)
    • John Donat (photographer)
    • Roger G. Richards (photographer)
    • James Frazer Stirling (archive creator)

    Description:

    views of the building site and of the exterior and interior of the completed building, including details and aerial views; also views of a preliminary model for the Engineering Building not otherwise present in the project documents and of a collage by Nils-Ole Lund featuring the Leicester University Engineering Building

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 photograph(s)

    Technique and media:

    Gelatin silver prints

    Dimensions:

    photographic materials: 0.07 l.m.

    Credit line:

    James Stirling/Michael Wilford fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal

    Folder Number:

    140-0546

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    • Reference Number: AP140.S2.SS1.D23.P15
    • Title: Views of the exterior and interior of the completed building
    • Dates of creation: 1963 or after
    • Form: photographs
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • Richard Einzig (photographer)
    • James Frazer Stirling (archive creator)

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 photograph(s)

    Technique and media:

    Gelatin silver prints

    Dimensions:

    photographic materials: 0.02 l.m.

    Credit line:

    James Stirling/Michael Wilford fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal

    Folder Number:

    140-0547

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    • Reference Number: AP140.S2.SS1.D23.P16
    • Title: Views of design development, presentation and publication drawings
    • Dates of creation: 1959 or after and 1964
    • Form: photographs
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • James Frazer Stirling (archive creator)

    Description:

    views of design development, presentation and publication drawings, and views of drawings (not otherwise present in the project documents), including a sketch axonometric showing an alternative design for the glazing of the stairs of the laboratories tower block, two plan obliques for an early design, and a diagrammatic plan and elevations for the workshop roof; includes views of a caricature of the Leicester University Engineering Building as a ship and a view of a letter from the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Leicester, T. A. F. Noble, to James Stirling, dated 19th February 1964, concerning an article in the magazine 'New Statesman' by Reyner Banham on the Engineering Building

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 negative(s)

    Dimensions:

    photographic materials: 0.02 l.m.

    Credit line:

    James Stirling/Michael Wilford fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal

    Folder Number:

    140-0548

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    • Reference Number: AP140.S2.SS1.D23.P17
    • Title: Views of the building site and of the exterior and interior of the completed building, including details
    • Dates of creation: 1959 or after
    • Form: photographs
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • James Frazer Stirling (archive creator)

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 negative(s)

    Dimensions:

    photographic materials: 0.04 l.m.

    Credit line:

    James Stirling/Michael Wilford fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal

    Folder Number:

    140-0549

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    • Reference Number: AP140.S2.SS1.D23.P18
    • Title: Views of the building site and of the exterior and interior of the completed building
    • Dates of creation: 1959 or after
    • Form: photographs
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • James Frazer Stirling (photographer)
    • James Frazer Stirling (archive creator)

    Description:

    views of the building site and of the exterior and interior of the completed building, including details; also views of a preliminary model for the Engineering Building not otherwise present in the project documents, of a collage by Nils-Ole Lund featuring the Leicester University Engineering Building, and of British postage stamps showing the Engineering Building

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 photographic material(s)

    Technique and media:

    Colour transparencies, gelatin silver prints, and negatives

    Dimensions:

    photographic materials: 0.05 l.m.

    Credit line:

    James Stirling/Michael Wilford fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal

    Folder Number:

    140-0550

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    • Reference Number: AP140.S2.SS1.D23.P19
    • Title: Views of the exterior and interior of the completed building
    • Dates of creation: 1963 or after
    • Form: photographs
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • James Frazer Stirling (archive creator)

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 transparency(ies)

    Technique and media:

    Colour transparencies

    Physical Description:

    - The colour transparencies are in a single length of uncut film, rolled and enclosed in a metal cannister.

    Credit line:

    James Stirling/Michael Wilford fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal

    Folder Number:

    140-0551

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    • Reference Number: AP140.S2.SS1.D23.P21
    • Title: Caricature of the Leicester University Engineering Building as a ship
    • Dates of creation: between 1963 and 1994
    • Form: textual records
    • Catalogued items within this file 2

    People:

    • James Frazer Stirling (archive creator)

    Description:

    caricature of the Leicester University Engineering Building as a ship, drawn by a student for a menu cover for the first annual dinner of the Engineering Society; also includes clippings, photocopies of photographs, a postcard of a painting by Ben Johnson, and a caricature of James Stirling with an umbrella in the History Faculty Building, University of Cambridge (AP140.S2.SS1.D26.P29)

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 textual record(s)

    Dimensions:

    records: 0.01 l.m.

    Credit line:

    James Stirling/Michael Wilford fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal

    Folder Number:

    140-0552

    Objects that have been catalogued:

      • AP140.S2.SS1.D23.P21.1
      • Caricature of the Leicester University Engineering Building as a ship, drawn by a student for a menu cover for the first annual dinner of the Engineering Society
      • Form: drawings
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    • Reference Number: AP140.S2.SS1.D23.P22
    • Title: The first brief for the architects, correspondence concerning early proposals, and an architects' statement
    • Dates of creation: between 1959 and 1960
    • Form: textual records
    • Catalogued items within this file 1

    People:

    • James Frazer Stirling (archive creator)

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 file(s)

    Dimensions:

    folder: 24 x 36 x 2 cm

    Credit line:

    James Stirling/Michael Wilford fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal

    Folder Number:

    140-0553

    Objects that have been catalogued:

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    • Reference Number: AP140.S2.SS1.D23.P23
    • Title: Views of design development, presentation and publication drawings
    • Dates of creation: 1959 or after
    • Form: photographs
    • Catalogued items within this file 3

    People:

    • Stirling and Gowan (architectural firm)
    • James Frazer Stirling (archive creator)

    Description:

    views of design development, presentation and publication drawings, and views of drawings not otherwise present in the project documents, including two sketch axonometrics showing designs for the glazing of the stairs of the laboratories tower block, two plan obliques for an early design, and a diagrammatic plan and elevations for the workshop roof; includes a view of a caricature of the Leicester University Engineering Building as a ship and views of a preliminary model for the Engineering Building not otherwise present in the project documents

    Quantity / Object type:

    30 photograph(s)

    Technique and media:

    Gelatin silver prints

    Dimensions:

    sheets: 30 x 42 cm

    Credit line:

    James Stirling/Michael Wilford fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal

    Folder Number:

    CDCM

    Objects that have been catalogued:

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    • Reference Number: AP140.S2.SS1.D23.P20
    • Title: View of a design development axonometric
    • Dates of creation: 1959 or after
    • Form: photographs

    People:

    • James Frazer Stirling (archive creator)

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 negative(s)

    Technique and media:

    Glass negative

    Dimensions:

    negative: 17 x 22 cm

    Credit line:

    James Stirling/Michael Wilford fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal

    Folder Number:

    140-0410

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    • Reference Number: AP140.S2.SS1.D23.P24
    • Title: Printing plate for a publication drawing
    • Form: works of art

    People:

    • James Frazer Stirling (archive creator)

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 printing plate(s)

    Technique and media:

    Metal

    Dimensions:

    plate (irreg.): 10 x 5 x 2 cm

    Credit line:

    James Stirling/Michael Wilford fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal;
    Legs de la famille Stirling/
    Bequest of the Stirling family

    Folder Number:

    140-0641

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