Category Archives: Architecture

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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Doe Castle Donegal + Rory O’Donnell

Adhere | The Fight of the Earl | To Crown It All The 19th century German traveller Johann Kohl maintained, “Irish ruins generally wear a very picturesque look.” That may bear some truth but if left entirely to nature’s devices, … 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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Downings Donegal + Modernism

Above the Radar Meekness and majesty, mistiness and mystery. Clinging onto the Atlantic coast, notwithstanding its tonal contextualism, this villa with the mildest of butterfly roofs, an angularity at odds with the contours of its setting, is a reminder that … Continue reading

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English Heritage Georgian Makeover + Kenwood House London

Big Wigs Going Viral “Hello! I’m Fashion Historian Amber Butchart and welcome to Kenwood House which is cared for by English Heritage. We’re standing inside an incredible Georgian house in north London that was once home to William Murray, 1st … Continue reading

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Fréthun Town Hall Hauts de France + Mairie

Xanadu in the Boondocks Town hall as château. The Hôtel de Ville of the Fréthunois and Fréthunoises is terribly smart. Under the direction of the recently appointed Mayor Guy Heddebaux, it’s become even smarter: “We’ve built a square in front … Continue reading

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Hôtel Meurice Calais + Lavender’s Blue

Schmotel From Paris to Berlin Calais, we’re always at home in Le Meurice. C’est bon. C‘est très bon. Tout suite.

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Fréthun Farm Hauts de France + Summer

Gîte Alors Storied lives, crowded with incident. There’s always respite in a shadow place of contrasts.

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St Tricat Hauts de France + St Nicaise Church

Bronze Brawns Well of course we’d end up in St Tricat this summer. It’s where the Big Hitters and Hot Shots are hanging out. The new St Tropez. We’re a breeze in from the Opal Coast; what’s not to love … Continue reading

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