Geoff Purkis of Brutiful Birmingham will be giving a Zoom talk about the commercial and public buildings of the architect John Madin. Several of his buildings have been lost in recent years despite vigorous campaigns to save them.
Born and trained in Birmingham John Madin set up his first architectural practice in 1950 and worked on the masterplan for the post-war regeneration of the Calthorpe Estate.
In the 1960’s he became a major figure in the transformation of Birmingham and became known for his distinctive Brutalist style. Among his notable projects are the Chamber of Commerce Building, Birmingham Central Library, Shell Mex and BP House at Edgbaston, and Metropolitan House at Five Ways.
Our lecture will take the form of a “zoom walk” taking in existing commercial buildings and others that have been demolished for purely economic reasons.