Kensal House, London
© Photograph by Edith Tudor-Hart

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Kensal House, London Photographed about 1938
Kensal House, designed by the British architect Maxwell Fry, was funded by the Gas Light and Coke Company for working-class tenants. It was one of the few modernist housing blocks of the period not occupied by the middle classes. Built on the site of a former gasometer, it incorporated a light-filled, semi-circular kindergarten within the shadow of the flats. Tudor-Hart was commissioned to photograph the new building extensively, working with the help of her younger brother, Wolfgang Suschitzky. Its architecture embodied the principles of low-cost, integrated living (deemed particularly important for young children) espoused by Bauhaus architects. As this photograph suggests, for Tudor-Hart Kensal House was very much a model environment.

Details

  • Acc. No. PGP 279.69B
  • Medium Modern silver gelatine print from archival negative
  • Size 30.30 x 29.80 cm
  • Credit Presented by Wolfgang Suschitzky 2004