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Exploring Two Leading Architects

Pitzhanger Manor, or more commonly known today as the PM Gallery & House, is a seventeenth century Grade 1 listed building in Ealing. It was once owned by the architect John Soane, who did an extensive redesign between 1800-1804.

Opened to the public in 1987, this architecturally stunning building is now itself hosting an exhibition on two of the most influential modernist architects from the twentieth century.

Up until the 11th May the PM Gallery & House will become a Living Laboratory, as it showcases the photography of Richard Pare. Pare's photos of buildings designed by Le Corbusier and Konstantin Melnikov reveal the subtle intricacies of the stonework and dramatic effects of light through the different seasons.

The Swiss-French architect, Le Corbusier (1887 1965) is considered a pioneer in modern architecture. He revolutionised the way we inhabit space. He developed the 'five points of architecture', which included lifting the main structure from the ground, non-supporting walls, open plan living, ribbon windows (for a panoramic view), and garden roofs.

The Russian architect, Konstantin Melnikov (1890-1974), was both innovative and individual in style. The exhibition highlights one of his most significant designs; an experimental studio house that he built for his family.

For greater insight into these works, you can take a tour with photographer, Richard Pare, on the 26th April at 2pm.
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Why? Fun for art lovers
When: Until 11th May
Phone: (020) 8567 1227
Where: PM Gallery & House
Cost: Free
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