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Ralph Erskine Architect : Architecture

Contemporary Architecture Practice, Europe: Swedish / British Design Office Information

post updated 10 Apr 2021

Ralph Erskine Architects – Major Building

Key Building by Ralph Erskine

The Ark Offices, Hammersmith, west London, UK
Date built: 1989
London Ark Hammersmith by Ralph Erskine Architect
photograph © Nick Weall
redevelopment proposed by DN-A in 2006

Seminal Ralph Erskine Project

Byker Wall, central Newcastle, northeast England, UK
Date built: 1982
Byker Wall Housing | www.e-architect.com Byker Wall Newcastle Housing | www.e-architect.com
photos © Adrian Welch
Byker Wall
Byker Wall, along with the low rise dwellings built to its south, replaced Victorian slum terraced housing. There were nearly 1200 houses on the site at Byker. They had been condemned as unfit for human habitation in 1953, with demolition starting much later in 1966.

The new housing block was designed by the notable architect Ralph Erskine assisted by executive architect Vernon Gracie. Design began in 1968 and construction took place between 1969 and 1982. The architects opened an office on site to develop communication and trust between the existing residents. Existing buildings were to be demolished as the new accommodation was built.

Ralph practiced as part of Erskine Tovatt Architects and planners

Winner of RIBA Gold Medal in 1987

Recent Buildings by Erskine Tovatt Architects

Greenwich Millennium Village Phase 1, North Greenwich, London, England, UK
Dates built: 1998 – 2007
for Greenwich Millennium Village Ltd
540 housing units

Ralph Erskine Projects

Bo-01 Housing, Malmö, Sweden
Dates built: 2000-01

Turisthotell Borga Fjäll, Sweden
Dates built: 2000-02

Ship to Bosnia
Date built: 2002

English Building Projects by the Design Practice, chronological:

Greenwich Millennium Village, southeast London, UK
Date built: 1997-

Ark, Hammersmith, west London, UK
1989-92
Ark Hammersmith
photograph © Nick Weall
The Ark London : key building by this architecture firm

Crossrail, London, England, UK
Date built: 1992

Byker Wall – social housing, Newcastle, northeast England, UK
1968-82

Studlands park, Newmarket, southeast England, UK
Date built: 1969

Clare Hall, Cambridge, southeast England
Date built: 1968

Killingworth, nr Newcastle, northeast England
Date built: 1968

Centre for Cambridge, southeast England
Date built: 1962

Swedish Projects by Ralph Erskine, chronological:

Frescati Campus – Lawyers’ Centre, Stockholm University, Sweden
Date built: 1990

City Terminal / World Trade Center, Stockholm, Sweden
1989
Design: Erskine, Arken, Tengbom

Stockholm University Library & Student Union, Sweden

Frescati Campus – Sports Hall, Stockholm University, Sweden
1983

Frescati Campus – Students’ Centre, Stockholm University, Sweden
1981

Nya Bruket, Sandviken, Sweden
1978

Kiruna town centre, Sweden

Cardboard factory, Fors, Dalecarlia, Sweden
1952

More buildings by this architect online soon

Location: London, south east England, UK

Swedish Architect Practice Information

Ralph was raised as a Quaker
Born 1914, London; died in 2005

Swedish Architects Practices

Erskine emigrated 1939 to Sweden due to pacifist beliefs – a neutral country in World War 2.

He was a member of Team X

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Giancarlo De Carlo
Aldo Van Eyck

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