Goldfinger, Peter (28 of 33) National Life Story Collection: Architects' Lives

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    Interviewee's home, London and the British Library

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    Goldfinger, Peter, 1933- (speaker, male)

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    Courtney, Cathy (speaker, female)

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    Part 28: KD’s contact led to firm getting Drury Lane job. More about air-conditioning in auditorium. Sean Kenny colourful character. Mike Percival architect working with Kenny on theatre project. Grand opening party. Marlene Dietrich on stage. Coverage in architectural press. Work on Crucible Theatre, Sheffield. Thrust stage, air supply system, public spaces. Major works for PG’s firm, London Ark, British Environmental Survey Base. Their approach to new job. Details London Ark building, Scandinavian ideas. Advantage of having knowledgeable client, A K Larsen owner of the building. PG’s design for air-conditioning, details of system installed. Problems likely to arise if control not absolutely precise. Swedish unisex toilets unacceptable to English users. Observation pod on roof. Ralph Erskine’s drawings. Latter lives in Stockholm, modest person. Architect’s understanding of an engineer’s problems, various attitudes. Americans very knowledgeable, English not. Engineering in Erskine’s buildings surprisingly clumsily dealt with, details. Rock Townsend British architect who worked on Ark. Differences between English and Swedish engineers and differences noted with French architects and engineers. Quotes Bob Gruber , Swiss engineer working for IBM in France, about differences in various cultures. Reason for mix of Swedes and Brits on Ark building. Reactions to choice of site. Problems of noise from motorway and Underground railway.

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