Design: Colin St John Wilson, Architect, Building, Photos, Office, Projects, Studio, News

Colin St John Wilson & Partners, England

20th Century English Architecture, UK

page updated 18 Aug 2016

Colin St John Wilson – Key Projects

Architect Sandy Wilson passed away May 2007, aged 85

Major Projects:

British Library, north central London, England, UK
Date built: 1997
British Library building
photo © Adrian Welch, Nov 2012
New British Library by Colin St John Wilson
This controversial project sadly dragged on for far too long with changing briefs and changing governments. The resultant £142m building won much praise but also received criticism for being (of course given the circumstances) slightly dated.
Inevitably it was compared to the wonderful old British Library with its grand circular reading room. It was the largest public building constructed in the United Kingdom in the 20th century. No other project, since the building of St. Paul’s Cathedral, took so long to construct or was surrounded by so much controversy. Having taken hundreds of architects to visit this building the resounding consensus is that it is wonderful inside but a little weak on the outside.

British Library Extension – Centre for Conservation, north London, England, UK
Date built: 2007
Design: Long & Kentish with Colin St John Wilson

British Library Building
photo © Nick Weall

Cambridge University Department of Architecture Extension, Scroope Terrace, South East England, UK
Date built: 1958
Cambridge School of Architecture

Pallant Gallery, Chichester, West Sussex, England
Date built: 2007
with Long & Kentish Architects
Gulbenkian Museum Prize 2007

Queen Mary College Library, Mile End Rd, east London, South East England, UK
Date built: 1986-88
£3.3m approximate building construction cost

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Colin St John Wilson houses

Cornford House – private, Cambridge, South East England, UK

His own former house – private, Grantchester Rd, south Cambridge, South East England, UK

Location: London, south east England, UK

Colin St John Wilson Architect – Practice Information

Former architect studio based in England

Born in 1922 in Cheltenham, south west England.
Died in 2007.

University College London
Corpus Christi College, Cambridge

Colin St John Wilson & Partners were London Architects

British Library interior, in a Scandinavian Modernist style:
British Library building
photo © Adrian Welch, Nov 2012

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Swiss Re Building
photo © Adrian Welch

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British Library – Street entrance : entry gate designed by Lida and David Kindersley:
British Library Entry gate
photo © AW

Long & Kentish Architects – this architecture practice grew out of Colin St John Wilson & Partners : MJ Long was a director and Rolfe Kentish was an associate

Sussex Building

Architecture Studios

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