About the episode: The Freedom of the Future
From London's new 'Cheesegrater' skyscraper to the KK100 skyscraper in China (the tallest tower ever built by a British architect), episode one looks at the stunning recent work of an exceptional generation of British architects before looking in detail at some of their revolutionary projects from the 1960s and 70s.
Foster, Rogers, Nicholas Grimshaw, Michael Hopkins and Terry Farrell were born within six years of each other in the 1930s; shaped by both the opimtism of the post-war years and the sixties counterculture, these pillars of today's establishment began their careers as outsiders and radicals. Rogers and his collaborators tell the story of one of the most influential buildings of the 20th Century - the Pompidou Centre in Paris - the result of a contest he didn't want to enter and no-one ever thought they would win.
Other early projects featured include Norman Foster's glassy Willis Faber & Dumas Headquarters in Ipswich, Farrell & Grimshaw's corrugated aluminium tower block next to Regent's Park in London and the industrial-style Hopkins House in Hampstead.