No 1 Poultry
No 1 Poultry in the City of London. Photography: Rob Low for The Spaces

James Stirling’s Postmodern building No 1 Poultry was awarded Grade II*-listed status today, making it England’s youngest listed building.

Completed in 1998, the candy-striped No 1 Poultry was architect Stirling’s last project, finished five years after his death by Michael Wilford.

One of the City of London’s most prominent examples of postmodern architecture – still deemed the ‘marmite’ of the design world – the building sits on a wedge-shaped site and features a pink and yellow limestone façade.

No 1 Poultry
The building is famous for its ‘candy-striped’ limestone façade. Photography: Rob Low for The Spaces

Historic England’s announcement follows a successful appeal by The 20th Century Society, which initially tried to list the building in December 2015. The Society objected to Buckley Gray Yeoman’s planning application to fill in the building’s colonnade and alter its windows.

Roger Bowdler, director of listing at Historic England, said: ‘We are delighted that No 1 Poultry has now been listed. It is one of London’s best-known modern buildings, a key work of late 20th century architecture, by one of England’s leading post-war architects, James Stirling.’

The decision also follows hot on the heels of another Postmodern architecture landmark listed earlier this month: a pair of buildings within Sir Terry Farrell’s 1980s Comyn Ching Triangle complex were given Grade II-listed status on 10 November.

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