Category Archives: Architects

Carlo Scarpa + Banca Popolare + Castelvecchio Museum Verona

Strings Attached The paradox. His architecture is so legible yet he defies classification. His work is half a century old yet timeless. His influence is widespread although he wasn’t especially prolific. His oeuvre is so Italian but he still inspired … Continue reading

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Carlo Scarpa + Corridors + Stairs

Dinner in The Garrick Beneath the Watchful Eyes of Mrs Bracegirdle There are Carlo Scarpa corridors and there are corridors. The former enliven the journey. There are stairs and there are Carlo Scarpa stairs. The latter bring you a little … Continue reading

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Hôtel + Café Métropole Brussels

Eclectic Dreams It’s the café with a hotel attached. In 1890 the Weilemans-Ceuppens brewing brothers opened Café Métropole chiefly to sell their own branded beer. Such was their success they bought the bank next door and transformed it into a … Continue reading

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Rue de Laeken Brussels + Prince Charles

A Study of a Street A summary of the eastern street frontage of Rue de Laeken, which runs between Rue du Pont Neuf to the north and Rue du Cirque to the south follows. The Foundation for Architecture in Brussels … Continue reading

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Pitzhanger Manor London + Anish Kapoor

Master of Mirrors, Master of Light It’s the GSM rule. The thicker the invitation card, the better the party. The relaunch of Pitzhanger Manor proved the point. Sir John Soane’s former country house – post a £12 million facelift (or … Continue reading

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Palais du Pharo + Marseille

The Phocaen City Napoleon III’s waterside pad hogs one of the best spots in the city. Marseille’s best dressed palace is now a conference centre for its best dressed delegates. Hector-Martin Lefuel, known for his work at the Louvre, was … Continue reading

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La Tourette Marseille + Fernand Pouillon

The Divine Architect “I am content to place humankind at the centre of Creation. We are complex enough, interesting enough… I find the soul a valuable concept, a statement of the dignity of a human life and of the unutterable … Continue reading

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Casa Amatller Barcelona + Josep Puig i Cadafalch

Sweet Dreams are Made of This To describe Modernisme as Catalan Art Nouveau underrates its roots but it’s a fair starting point. The style originated in the 1870s when Barcelona was enjoying industrial prosperity and expanding beyond its medieval walls. … Continue reading

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Castle Dobbs Carrickfergus + Sir Charles Lanyon

Two Faced Castle Ward is the most famous example of architectural schizophrenia in Ulster. High street bank neoclassicism one front; Strawberry Hill Gothick, the other. The two main elevations are stylistically divorced from each other. The two styles of Castle … Continue reading

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Boutique Hotel Awards +

Quite Simply The Universe’s Most Glamorous Hospitality Awards Gala Dinner  How the great poses? “We do it all the time!”

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