In the sixties Oxbridge finally, and the new universities willingly, accepted the Modern Movement, and again Lasdun worked for both.

Lasdun's strata or terraces became much more marked, and turned into stepped sections and megastructures with sculptural towers, which were also a preoccupation of other architects at that time. In Lasdun's case urban landscape, his own term, is usually more appropriate than megastructure.

The finest example is the University of East Anglia, 1962-69, which not only features Lasdun's strata, but whose plan form echoes that of Hallfield School. The zigzagging stepped pyramidal residential blocks have become an iconic feature of the university.

The idea was repeated in 1965, though not built until the mid seventies, for the Institutes of Law and Education in Bloomsbury. Unlike nearby Gower Street which the Victorians hated for its monotony, the institute is not a series of small repeated units but a vast megastructure with plenty of raw concrete. That this is the back of the stepped section is no excuse as it is the public face - see title picture above.

Lasdun's SOAS Building on the same campus, built a couple of years earlier, with its lighter colouring is more presentable, though not so well known.



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