LAST WORD - 9th July

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Excellence in engineering available in Wimbledon


 

What unites the Shard, the London Eye, Tate Modern, the Gherkin and the Sydney Opera House? You thought it was London, didn’t you, until I threw in an Australian wildcard. In fact, each of these famous landmarks was a project of the global engineering firm Arup.

While some of our most exalted architects become household names, most of us would struggle to name an engineer since Isambard Kingdom Brunel – but their often unsung efforts shape our city just as surely as their Victorian counterparts before them.

Founded in London in 1946 as Ove N. Arup Consulting Engineers, this multitalented giant now simply known as Arup enjoys a well-deserved reputation as an engineering trailblazer.

Recent projects on the global stage include the world’s first bio-reactive façade in Hamburg, Germany - where algae is used to provide shade and a renewable fuel source - Zaha Hadid’s London Aquatics Centre in Stratford, and the Renzo Piano Pavilion at the Kimbell Art Museum in Texas.

Engineering enthusiasts who want to own a piece of history will be interested to learn that a house with impeccable early Arup pedigree is currently available for sale in Wimbledon.

The Grade II–listed, four-bedroom property on Drax Avenue was designed by Sir Philip Dowson, RIBA Gold Medal winner and founding partner of Arup Associates, and built for Sir Jack Zunz - another Arup partner and the principal structural engineer for the Sydney Opera House.

Accommodation currently extends to over 2,300 sq ft, but there’s an application in to almost double the size. On the market for the first time since it was built in 1969, it’s perfect for someone with a bold Modernist vision who wants to add the next layer of history to 
a fascinating house - no pressure...

Drax Avenue, Wimbledon SW20 - £2,850,000
The Modern House - 020 7704 3504


Check out the full feature on page 26 of MoveTo London