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PoMo Buildings + Designs in the Built Environment

post updated Feb 21, 2020

Postmodern Architecture

Postmodernism straddled various disciplines from music to philosophy, from art to architecture. We’ve selected what we feel are the key examples of Postmodern Architecture. PoMo buildings tended to be American though the UK also features quite strongly.

We aim to include Postmodern buildings / projects that are either of top quality or interesting, or ideally both.

We cover completed Postmodern buildings and architectural exhibitions.

Major PoMo buildings include the AT+T tower in New York City by Johnson/Burgee, the Clore Gallery and the Number 1 Poultry both by James Stirling Michael Wilford, and Atlantis Condominium in Miami by Arquitectonica.

Key Postmodernist Buildings, alphabetical:

AT+T tower, Manhattan, NY, USA
Date built: 1984
Design: Johnson/Burgee
Infamous Postmodern building, criticised for being irreverent and simply a Modern building with a decorative top

The Atlantis Condominium, Miami, Florida, USA
Date built: 1982
Design: Arquitectonica
More popular Postmodern building, a colourful apartment block with square hole cut out within the block, contianing a jacuzzi and palm tree, and with primary-coloured features applied to the roof and facade

Civic Centre in Chester-le-Street, County Durham, England, UK
Date built: 1982
Design: Faulkner-Brown Hendy Watkinson and Stoner

Clore Gallery, Tate Gallery, London, England, UK
Dates built: 1980-85
Design: James Stirling Michael Wilford and Associates Ltd then Bain + Bevington Architects
Postmodern Architecture - Clore Gallery Tate Britain London
photo © Adrian Welch
Clore Gallery Building

Number 1 Poultry, City of London, England, UK
Date built: 1999
Design: James Stirling Michael Wilford and Associates Ltd completed as Michael Wilford and Partners Ltd
Postmodern Architecture - Number One Poultry London building prow
photograph © Nick Weall
Number 1 Poultry building
Highly controversial Postmodern building, criticised for its relationship with historic Mansion House buildings close by

Piazza D’Italia, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
Date built: –
Design: Charles Moore
Famous Postmodern design, more landscape than architecture

Public services Building, Portland, Oregon, USA
Date built: 1992
Design: Michael Graves Architects
American Postmodern building, like the AT&T essentially a rectilinear volume but in this case decorated on a large scale with colour stripes

More Postmodern Architecture online soon

Location: international


Modern Architects

Contemporary Architects

Postmodern Buildings in London

Wexner Center for the Visual Arts

Architects with Postmodern Links

Peter Eisenman
Holocaust Memorial
photo © Adrian Welch

Philip Johnson
Postmodern Building New York
scanned image © Isabelle Lomholt

Menara Karya
photo © Ray Sugiharto

Moore Ruble Yudell


Genre related to Postmodernism

Modern Architecture

Iconic Buildings

Art Deco Architecture

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