English: This article on one of the enduring British partnerships is not a vanity publication
that we are accustomed to in our profession. Edited by Kenneth Powell, it contains
illuminating essays of overlapping themes. The editor provides the overview.
Jeremy Melvin writes a sensitive piece on the formation of the practice.
While Elain Harwood and Frank Macdonald respectively describe early works
and Irish projects of the practice Paul Finch contributes an intelligent essay on
collaboration. The essays are not presented in succession but in layered colour
strips on the top and bottom of pages with images in the body under the thematic
titles of private/public, context, light/space and process. One does have
to overcome the initial irritation of this unconventional layout before realising
the importance of the ABK story. Indeed the interlocking of different narratives
and the images has a resonance with the character of the practice itself, with
three distinct personalities of Ahrends, Burton and Koralek, each with unique but
complementary interests and predilections.