Ahrends, Burton and Koralek

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Ahrends, Burton and Koralek (now ABK Architects) is a British architectural practice.[1][2][3] It was founded in 1961 by Peter Ahrends (born 1933, Berlin, Germany), Richard Burton (born 1933 in London, United Kingdom died 2017), and Paul Koralek (born 1933 in Vienna, Austria) after they won first prize in a competition to produce a design for the Berkeley Library at Trinity College, Dublin in 1960. ABK was initially established in London in 1961 but has had a base in Dublin since 1996.[4]

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Rejected "carbuncle" scheme by Ahrends, Burton and Koralek

In 1982, ABK produced a prize-winning project for the Hampton Extension to the National Gallery, in London. However, it was described by Charles, Prince of Wales as a "monstrous carbuncle on the face of a much-loved and elegant friend".[5] The design was not used for the eventual Sainsbury Wing extension that was later built in 1991.


Buildings designed by ABK include:

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  1. ^ Ahrends Burton Koralek: English Architects, e-architect.
  2. ^ Ahrends, Burton and Koralek at the archINFORM database.
  3. ^ E. Harwood, P. Finch, F. McDonald, J. Melvin, and Kenneth Powell (editors), Collaborations: The Architecture of ABK — Ahrends, Burton and Koralek. Birkhauser, 2002. ISBN 978-3-7643-6644-5.
  4. ^ ABK Profile, ABK Architects.
  5. ^ "A speech by HRH The Prince of Wales at the 150th anniversary of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), Royal Gala Evening at Hampton Court Palace". PrinceofWales.gov.uk. 30 May 1984. Retrieved 2014-01-30. 

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