Engineering Building, University of Leicester, England
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member hykesj
N 52° 37.251 W 001° 07.413
30U E 627023 N 5831747
Quick Description: The Engineering building at the University of Leicester was one of four modern university buildings featured on a set of Great Britain postage stamps issued in 1971.
Location: East Midlands, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 11/25/2018 4:56:34 PM
Waymark Code: WMZKQ4
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member wayfrog
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Long Description:
The University of Leicester’s Engineering building was designed in the late 1950s by architects James Stirling and James Gowan. Stirling and Gowan were constrained by a pre-defined parcel of land, the unique requirements of the engineering curriculum and the university’s building committee, who wanted to “make a statement” with the new edifice. The resulting structure has been described as one of the top ten most important post World War II buildings in Great Britain.

Several of the building’s notable architectural features can be seen on the stamp. These include the cantilevered lecture halls, the octagonal smoke stack and the diamond-shaped ends to the unique glass roof. This latter feature was the result of the roof being angled 45 degrees to achieve true north light for the engineering research laboratories.

This was the last project that James Stirling and James Gowan completed together. Stirling went on to design two other collegiate buildings with a red brick and glass motif: The History Faculty building at Cambridge and the Florey residential hall at Oxford. Together with the Engineering building at Leicester, these have become known as James Stirling’s “Red Trilogy.”
Stamp Issuing Country: Great Britain

Date of Issue: 22-Sep-1971

Denomination: 7½p

Color: multicolored

Stamp Type: Single Stamp

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