Category Archives: Architects

Lavender’s Blue + Townley Hall Louth

Thrill of the Chaste An immaculate concept, a late Georgian flowering. Townley Hall in County Louth came about in the closing years of the 18th century. Incredibly, the house was the first private commission for the 34 year old architect … Continue reading

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The Hidden Ireland + Clonalis Roscommon

The Portrait of a Lady and Gentleman and Artists as Young Men Dia dhaoibh ar maidin. There really aren’t many left. A study of the 39 (what an odd number, why not 40?) country houses featured in the book Irish … Continue reading

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Sonneveld House Rotterdam + Dutch Functionalism

Holland Lark Image | Dutch Functionalism is in one sense a continuation of the positivistic traits of 19th century thought. That is, architecture holding meaning as a reflection or symptom of a particular stage of historical development. This interpretation of history … Continue reading

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Mainport Hotel Rotterdam + Delfshaven

Haven is a Place on Earth Middag. To the beautiful south of Churchillplein lie the four inlets of Wijnhaven, Bierhaven, Rederijhaven and Scheepmakershaven. Due west of the latter haven along Leuvehaven is our destination. Seemingly giving up on multisyllabic Dutch … Continue reading

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Soho House Birmingham + Samuel Wyatt

Nightclubbing No, not that Soho House. Really. There’s life beyond Barcelona, Berlin, Istanbul, Miami, New York and so on and so forth. Just so happens Birmingham’s very own Soho House is a museum not a members’ club. Not any old so … Continue reading

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Colebrooke Park Triumphal Arch Lodge + William Farrell

The Miniaturist Over dinner at Ashbrooke House, the very neoclassical dower house of the very neoclassical Colebrooke Park, the notable Fermanagh architect Richard Pierce remarks that, “Of course, William Farrell designed Regency gothic buildings too. St Patrick’s Church of Ireland in Monaghan … Continue reading

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Ashbrooke House Fermanagh + William Farrell

The Spring of Content Dr Roderick O’Donnell, author and Country Life contributor, considers Ashbrooke House in County Fermanagh to be “a very successful Regency country house”. Kimmitt Dean notes that “this seems to have formed part of a lucrative commission … Continue reading

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The Ned + Little Thakeham House Sussex

Hudson Sway Ned is having a moment. The smart money for a hot spring London staycation is on The Ned, bang next door to Trinity House. Carved out of the former Midland Bank HQ and named after its jolly architect … Continue reading

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Abbeydene House Whiteabbey + Westminster Property Association Lunch + President Trump

Angels Unawares A phalanx of genteel residences, sphinx-like architectural sentinels, guards the east coast of Belfast Lough. Monuments to elaborately espaliered family trees, long forgotten aristocrats and plutocrats, sepia tinted sequins and foxtrots, Elysia lost to rampant suburbia. Sequestered by … Continue reading

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The International Property Awards + The Music Box Southwark

The London Marriott Hotel Grosvenor Square Gala Dinner “My Lords, Ladies and gentlemen and very special guests…” Taylor Wimpey Central London’s latest scheme has won a High Commendation Prize at The International Property Awards. The awards are sponsored by The Telegraph … Continue reading

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