Underground Journeys at the Victoria and Albert Museum sadly closed last week, but for anyone who missed the exhibition there is now an online version from the RIBA.
Through selected archive material held in the collections of the RIBA and London Transport Museum, discover online how architect Charles Holden and London Underground Managing Director Frank Pick worked together to create some of the greatest architecture of interwar Britain.
The exhibition begins by looking at Holden’s small project redesigning the entrance to Westminster underground station, where his simple interventions and attention to detail had a great impact. As his collaboration with Pick developed, Holden was given more ambitious projects such as: redesigning existing stations including Piccadilly Circus and Leicester Square, making them “fit for purpose”; and the extensions to the Piccadilly and Northern lines into the expanding suburbs, for which Holden created new modern stations. This relationship culminated in the design for the new headquarters of London Underground, 55 Broadway, a project which utilised the talents of British sculptors Eric Gill and Jacob Epstein to create the controversial sculptures on the façade. The exhibition concludes by looking at the lasting impact of Holden on railway architecture.
Visit the Underground Journeys online exhibition and share with us your thoughts on his legacy.
The exhibition is curated by Fiona Orsini, Assistant Curator, RIBA Library Drawings and Archives Collections.
The Poster Parade at the London Transport Museum is currently showing a related display of 20 London Underground posters relating to the work of Holden, until 28 February 2011.