Ahrends, Burton and Koralek
Ahrends, Burton and Koralek (now ABK Architects) is a British architectural practice. 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.
|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". The design was not used for the eventual Sainsbury Wing extension that was later built in 1991.
National Life Stories conducted an oral history interview (C467/119) with Peter Ahrends in 2014 for its Architects Lives' collection held by the British Library.. NLS further conducted an oral history interview (C467/117) with Richard Burton in 2014-15 for its Architects Lives' collection held by the British Library.
Buildings designed by ABK include:
- Berkeley Library, Trinity College, Dublin (1961–67)
- St Andrew's College, Booterstown, Dublin (1968–72)
- Arts Faculty building, Trinity College, Dublin (1968–79)
- Redcar Library (1971; demolished 2011)
- Additions to Keble College, Oxford on Blackhall Road (1972–80)
- Templeton College, Oxford (1969–96)
- Portsmouth Polytechnic Library (1975–80)
- John Lewis department store, Kingston-upon-Thames, Surrey (1979–90)
- Sainsbury's supermarket, Canterbury, Kent (1982–84)
- Hooke Park College, Dorset (1983–90)
- Dover Heritage Centre, Kent (1988–91)
- Whitworth Art Gallery development plan and sculpture court, Manchester (1991–95)
- Docklands Light Railway Beckton Extension and Poplar Bridge, London (1987–93)
- Techniquest Science Discovery Centre, Cardiff (1992–95)
- Selly Oak Colleges Learning Resource Centre, Birmingham (1995–97)
- W. H. Smith headquarters extension, Swindon, Wiltshire (1994–96)
- Waterford Visitor Centre, Ireland (1997–98)
- Dublin Dental Hospital (1995–98)
- Loughborough University Business School and Economics building, Leicestershire (1995–98)
- British Embassy, Moscow, Russia (1993–2000)
- Institute of Technology, Tralee, County Kerry (1996–2001)
- Blanchardstown Institute of Technology, Dublin (1998–2002)
- County Council offices, Tullamore, County Offaly (1999–2002)
- Arts building extension, Trinity College, Dublin (2000–02)
- Ahrends Burton Koralek: English Architects, e-architect.
- Ahrends, Burton and Koralek at the archINFORM database
- 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.
- ABK Profile, ABK Architects.
- "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.
- National Life Stories, 'Ahrends, Peter (1 of 16) National Life Stories Collection: Architects' Lives', The British Library Board, 2014. Retrieved 10 April 2018
- National Life Stories, 'Burton, Richard (1 of 10) National Life Stories Collection: Architects' Lives', The British Library Board, 2015. Retrieved 10 April 2018