As the Dorset Towers are now rubble, and the Crowne Plaza skeletal, The Press has looked at Warren and Mahoney’s work in the article Quake destroys architects’ legacy.
I lived very much in the belly of the Brutalist beast – living around the corner from Sir Miles’ first significant work – the Dorset Street flats – and working at the Central Library.
Once before the earthquakes, I contemplated tracking the Warren and Mahoney universe I saw each day – Dorset Street Flats, Dorset Towers, their office on Victoria Street, the Crowne Plaza, the Town Hall, the Central Library.
I can’t say that I loved the style – but the monumentality of it makes that redundant. These are strong, grounded buildings, claiming the space with purpose. The Town Hall I think is the apotheosis of their style – the luxurious interior and soaring spaces work with brutalist elements to make a successful marriage.