Multiples and Standardisation

Marks & Spencers, Murrygate, Dundee

M&S, Dundee

Marks & Spencer, Murraygate, Dundee
Robert Lutyens (1901–72), with Monro & Partners executant architects
1936
Photograph, 1936
Marks and Spencer Company Archive

Rather than having an in-house architect, Marks & Spencer used four private firms. But problems with creating a recognisable image led them to appoint Robert Lutyens as their consultant architect in 1934. He devised a grid system that ensured architectural uniformity and allowed extensions to be made without upsetting the symmetry of the building. More than 40 stores were built using this system.

 

 


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