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Rubble Club member John Winter passes away

November 14 2012

Rubble Club member John  Winter passes away
Acclaimed modernist architect John Winter has passed away at the age of 82.

A student of Louis Kahn at Yale Winter worked on a number of seminal residential projects, notably Swain’s Lane at Highgate Cemetery, London.

Built in 1980 the scheme sported a playful cantilever that was employed purely for ‘fun’ but was sadly demolished in 2009, earning Winter a place in the Rubble Club.

Famously, Winter designed and built the UK’s first house built from corten steel on an adjacent plot in 1967 after being smitten by the spectacular views from the elevated cemetery site.

Speaking to Urban Realm in 2009 when enrolled in the Rubble Club, Winter remarked:  “They did a good job building a very nice house, but it does seem wasteful of resources for a house to be demolished after less than thirty years.”

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