Fitness for Purpose

British Empire Exhibition

Design for Underground Railway Pavilion, British Empire Exhibition, Wembley

Pencil on tracing
Designer: Charles Holden (1875-1960) for Adams Holden & Pearson
Copyright: RIBA Library Drawings and Archives Collections

In 1924, Holden was commissioned to created several buildings for the British Empire Exhibition at Wembley. This included the bus station and a pavilion for the Underground Group. Designed for a corner site, the pavilion was a simple, single storey structure with a strong geometric form. Although it is not clear whether this design for the pavilion was ever executed, similarities can be seen in his later designs for the stations on the Northern line extension.

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