Will Alsop obituary

Maverick architect whose bold visions included Peckham Library, winner of the 2000 Stirling prize

Will Alsop proposed turning Barnsley into a Tuscan hill town, flooding the centre of Bradford with a huge lake and adorning Middlesbrough with towers in the shape of Prada skirts. The maverick British architect, who has died aged 70, shook the establishment with his wild and wacky visions, which were often too harebrained for reality to bear. More interested in bold ideas than the financial practicalities of running a business, Alsop had a colourful career chequered by receivership and buyouts, which saw his firm take on six different guises over his four decades of practice.

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