Designs for Sleek Tower (left) and Verandah Tower (right), Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
RIBA no. PA579/1
RIBA Library Drawings Collection
The architect and writer Peter Cook (1936 -) , a founder member of the influential architectural group Archigram, came up with this fantastical design for two towers whilst on a visit to Brisbane. The Sleek Tower follows the principles of the International Style of architecture, with a lack of ornamentation and a balance of symmetry. The Verandah Tower is less elegant and more colourful. Its many verandas show the influence the local Australian architecture had on Cook. Cook's intention was for the contrasting, high-rise towers to give Brisbane's skyline more architectural impact.
This drawing can be viewed in the RIBA Prints and Drawings Study Room.