World War II poster by Abram Games, of Finsbury Health Centre (via iamdanw)
100 Objects from the Century of the Child:
In this poster, the radiant entrance to the Finsbury Health Centre stands in front of a dark and blasted wartime landscape, where a sickly child plays in a puddle of muddy water amid total devastation. The center, radical in terms of its modernist architecture and medical philosophy, had delivered free medical care since 1935 in Finsbury, a working-class borough blighted by tuberculosis and slum housing.
Design Museum: Berthold Lubetkin:
Tecton was appointed to design a new Health Centre next to Sadler’s Wells theatre in the Clerkenwell area of London. It was the first time that a progressive architectural group had been awarded a municipal commission in Britain and offered an important opportunity for Lubetkin to publicly use architecture as a catalyst for progress to change people’s behaviour. He was determined that the design of the Health Centre would encourage the public to become healthier, from the “sunny and airy effect” of its glass brick façade, to the cheerful murals painted on the walls by Gordon Cullen which adjured visitors to “live out of doors as much as you can” and to benefit from “fresh air night and day”.
The centre is now Grade 1 listed and still in use.