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Spotlight: Peter Cook

Spotlight: Peter Cook
Spotlight: Peter Cook, BIX Communicative Display Skin for the Kunsthaus Graz, 2003; View from Schlossberg. Image © Harry Schiffer / realities:united
BIX Communicative Display Skin for the Kunsthaus Graz, 2003; View from Schlossberg. Image © Harry Schiffer / realities:united

As one of the founding members of Archigram, the avant-garde neo-futurist architecture group of the 1960s, the British architect, professor, and writer Sir Peter Cook (born 22 October 1936) has been a pivotal figure within the global architectural world for over half a century; one of his most significant works from his time with Archigram, The Plug-In City, still invokes debates on technology and society, challenging standards of architectural discourse today.

Plug-In City. Image © Peter Cook via the <a href='http://archigram.westminster.ac.uk/'>Archigram Archival Project</a> Abedian School of Architecture / CRAB Studio. Image © Peter Bennetts Departments Of Law And Central Administration / CRAB Studio. Image © Ronald Kreimel CLT Innovation Center for the Arts University Bournemouth / CRAB Studio. Image Courtesy of CRAB Studio + 25

Image via screenshot from "<a href='https://vimeo.com/20361688'>Sir Peter Cook interview at Lunds University</a>" on Vimeo
Image via screenshot from "Sir Peter Cook interview at Lunds University" on Vimeo

Though Cook gained significant international recognition for his unbuilt works with Archigram, he has now also been recognized for his built works around the world. His recent works, including the construction of his Art Museum in Graz, Austria (Kunsthaus) has brought his radical ideas to a wider public audience. He currently practices with Gavin Robotham as part of CRAB Studio (Cook Robotham Architectural Bureau).

BIX Communicative Display Skin for the Kunsthaus Graz, 2003; View from Schlossberg. Image © Harry Schiffer / realities:united
BIX Communicative Display Skin for the Kunsthaus Graz, 2003; View from Schlossberg. Image © Harry Schiffer / realities:united

With a love for the slithering, the swarming and the spooky, Cook has also continued to teach the next generation of architects; he has been chair of architecture at the University College London's Bartlett School of Architecture, and he continues to hold a number of positions as a professor and lecture around the world.

Abedian School of Architecture / CRAB Studio. Image © Peter Bennetts
Abedian School of Architecture / CRAB Studio. Image © Peter Bennetts

In his own words, his architecture is "lyrical technical mechanical, even slightly gothic."

Departments Of Law And Central Administration / CRAB Studio. Image © Ronald Kreimel
Departments Of Law And Central Administration / CRAB Studio. Image © Ronald Kreimel

In 2004, Cook and other members of Archigram were awarded the Royal Gold Medal by the Royal Institute of British Architects. In 2010 he curated the London Eight, and has curated the British Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale. Cook is currently a Senior Fellow of the Royal College of Art, London. His professorships include those of the Royal Academy, University College London and the Hochschule fur Bildende Kunste (Staedelschule) in Frankfurt-Main, Germany.

Drawing Studio. Image © Richard Bryant arcaidimages.com
Drawing Studio. Image © Richard Bryant arcaidimages.com

CRAB Studio, the firm cofounded by Cook and Gavin Robotham, recently received planning approval for a new Innovation Studio to be constructed at the Arts University Bournemouth in Poole, England. The design packs a characteristic punch of color and energy into the small structure, punctuating the otherwise monochromatic blocks either side with a ray of sunshine. The building is expected to reach completion in 2019.

CLT Innovation Center for the Arts University Bournemouth / CRAB Studio. Image Courtesy of CRAB Studio
CLT Innovation Center for the Arts University Bournemouth / CRAB Studio. Image Courtesy of CRAB Studio

Plug-In City. Image © Peter Cook Plug-In City. Image © Peter Cook via the <a href='http://archigram.westminster.ac.uk/'>Archigram Archival Project</a> BIX Communicative Display Skin for the Kunsthaus Graz, 2003; View from Schlossberg. Image © Harry Schiffer / realities:united Abedian School of Architecture / CRAB Studio. Image © Peter Bennetts Departments Of Law And Central Administration / CRAB Studio. Image © Ronald Kreimel Tower of Droplets: Taiwan Conceptual Tower Competition Entry / CRAB Studio. Image Courtesy of CRAB Studio Istanbul Disaster Prevention and Education Center / CRAB Studio. Image Courtesy of CRAB Studio Abedian School of Architecture / CRAB Studio. Image © Peter Bennetts Vallecas Housing / CRAB Studio. Image Courtesy of CRAB Studio ‘Speculator’ Exhibition / CRAB Studio. Image Courtesy of CRAB Studio Departments Of Law And Central Administration / CRAB Studio. Image © Ronald Kreimel BIX Communicative Display Skin for the Kunsthaus Graz, 2003; View from Schlossberg. Image © Harry Schiffer / realities:united Plug-In City. Image © Peter Cook via the <a href='http://archigram.westminster.ac.uk/'>Archigram Archival Project</a> Drawing Studio. Image © Richard Bryant arcaidimages.com + 25

AD Interviews: Peter Cook / CRAB Studio

See all of Peter Cook's works featured on ArchDaily via the thumbnails below, and more coverage at the links beneath them:

THIS WAS OUR UTOPIANISM! : An Interview with Peter Cook

"Creative Cynic" Peter Cook Explains Why Archigram Designs Were Always Meant to Be Built

Peter Cook's Advice For Young Architects: "Get Out and Look!"

Peter Cook is Concerned By Contemporary Drawing Culture, And Here's Why

Peter Cook on How Drawing Enables Architects to Learn, Communicate and Experiment

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Cite: Eric Baldwin. "Spotlight: Peter Cook" 22 Oct 2017. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/440979/happy-birthday-sir-peter-cook/> ISSN 0719-8884
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BIX Communicative Display Skin for the Kunsthaus Graz, 2003; View from Schlossberg. Image © Harry Schiffer / realities:united

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