Category Archives: Architects

Gae Aulenti + Musée d’Orsay Paris

Comme Il Faut “I don’t like to dress alla moda,” said Gae Aulenti in 1971. “The moment it’s loudly announced that red is in fashion, I stop wearing red. I want to dress in green.” Gigi by Colette reads: “Everything … Continue reading

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The Queen Mother + The Castle of Mey Caithness

The Definite Article “That is possibly the funniest episode I have ever read,” emailed the much missed Min Hogg, Founding Editor of The World of Interiors, in response to a descriptive summary of a group visit to a certain castle … Continue reading

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Dunrobin Castle + Garden Sutherland

Crock of Gold On a wild and windswept Sunday morn, we’re wandering through the 189 rooms, grand and not so grand, of the largest house in the Scottish Highlands. Dunrobin Castle, a fairytale in stone as mostly imagined by the … Continue reading

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The House of Lavender’s Blue + More Attitude

A Fantasia of Art Louise Harpman, architect, urban designer and Professor of Architecture, Urban Design and Sustainability at New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualised Study: “I love your flat, and it seems that we both share a fascination with … Continue reading

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JAKS Brasserie + Bar + Concept Store Truro

French Open  “My wife Karine has the eye for colour,” says John Baker gazing round the chocolate brown ground floor lounge bar. “We met in Luxembourg. Having lived on the Continent for around 20 years, we are looking to bring … Continue reading

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Truro Cathedral + Old Cathedral School Cornwall

The Rogation Reverend Andy Rider of Christ Church Spitalfields says, “God’s presence is thicker in ancient churches, through thousands of years of prayers. Step into it.” Truro is Cornwall’s only city and Truro Cathedral is Cornwall’s only cathedral and one … Continue reading

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Pencarrow House + Garden Bodmin Cornwall

And Did Those Feet in Ancient Time | Washaway on a Rainy Day The setting of Pencarrow House – the south elevation overlooks a formally laid out garden around a fountain all in a vast green basin – is reminiscent … Continue reading

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The Grange Estate + Festival Hampshire

Cono Sur   It is one of the greatest flowerings of Greek Revival architecture in Europe. Yet it wasn’t purpose built: it’s a radical remodelling of an earlier building. This is the story of how a Restoration house in rural Hampshire … Continue reading

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St Michael’s Church Creeslough Donegal + Liam McCormick

A Response to Place Really, it’s the ultimate expression of architecture as sculpture as terrain. The design of St Michael’s Catholic Church in Creeslough, County Donegal, owes as much to its humpbacked Muckish Mountain backdrop as it does to Le … Continue reading

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Tranarossan House Downings Donegal + Sir Edwin Lutyens

The New Ned Is this Ireland’s greatest chalet bungalow? Who knew the legendary English architect Sir Edwin Lutyens rustled up a design for such an isolated site in Ireland? Certainly, the master’s New Delhi architecture is somewhat better known than … Continue reading

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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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