Milton Keynes

Shopping Building
MKDC, 1979

︎︎︎ Materials: Glass, Steel, Travertine
︎︎︎ Size: 1,000,000 sq ft
︎︎︎ Developer: John Laing
︎︎︎ Anchors: John Lewis, M&S

The design of the shopping centre in the new town of Milton Keynes was informed, in part, as a reaction against the concrete megastructures at the heart of earlier new towns such as Cumbernauld in Scotland. It was envisioned as a covered high street, the centre’s two airy glass arcades suggesting a closer affliation to nineteenth-century arcades than the American malls of the 1950s onwards.
Helmut Jacoby, illustration