Built a body of work deal­ing in joy

The West Australian - - OBITUARIES -

Will Al­sop, 70, was a Bri­tish ar­chi­tect whose ex­u­ber­ant build­ings en­liven cities on both sides of the At­lantic.

Mar­cos Rosello, a co-founder with Al­sop of the ar­chi­tec­ture prac­tice aLL De­sign, said Al­sop died on Satur­day af­ter a short ill­ness.

Al­sop told The Ob­server news­pa­per in 2007 that “ar­chi­tects are the only pro­fes­sion that ac­tu­ally deal in joy and de­light — all the oth­ers deal in doom and gloom”.

His build­ings in­clude the green, cop­per-clad Peck­ham Li­brary in Lon­don, which won the Stir­ling Prize for ar­chi­tec­ture; Lon­don’s fu­tur­is­tic North Green­wich Un­der­ground sta­tion; and the Sharp Cen­tre at the On­tario Col­lege of Art and De­sign in Toronto, a black-and-white box poised rak­ishly on red stilts.

Al­sop is sur­vived by his wife Sheila, a daugh­ter and two sons. Died: Satur­day.

Picture: Mal­colm Crowther

Will Al­sop in his Bat­tersea of­fice in Oc­to­ber 2010.

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