Category Archives: Developers

Burlington Hotel + Eastbourne East Sussex

The Golden Fringe of the South Downs Long before Milton Keynes, there was Eastbourne. “Planned new towns” may possess more than a lingering whiff of the late 20th century but over 100 years before that, four hamlets – Bourne, South … Continue reading

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Courtenay Square Kennington London + Adshead + Ramsey + Prince Charles

The City Four Square Kennington has some of the best Georgian architecture in London. And some of the best neo Georgian. Take the Duchy of Cornwall’s estate in Kennington. In 1911, architect Stanley Adshead was commissioned to design this residential … Continue reading

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The Spell + Roupell Street London

A Street Named Desire Gazing at a house on Roupell Street, any house, lucky number seven, luckless number 13, before a visit to The King’s Arms (crammed Monday to Friday; only the fireside cat for company at the weekend), after … Continue reading

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Chelsea Harbour + Chelsea Harbour Hotel London

Suite Success Over the course of multiple visits – breakfasts and brunches, dates and dinners, walks and weekends – Lavender’s Blue cover and discover and rediscover London’s best Eighties development. Back in the day, Astrid Bray was Director of Sales … Continue reading

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Montevetro Battersea London + Taylor Woodrow

It’s Enough to Get the Dopaminergic Neurons of Your Ventral Tegmental Area Stimulated Into Overdrive A little over 22 years since the quadruple page spread was published in Ulster Architect (for decades Ireland’s leading architectural magazine published and edited by … Continue reading

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Carlton Crescent Southampton + Samuel Toomer

The City and the Pillars What does Pevsner have to say? “The most spectacular piece of Regency development in Southampton… The Crescent starts at London Road and curves northwest, composed in the main of broad three bay three storey stuccoed … 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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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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Palmerston Square + Marie-Louise Square + Ambiorix Square Brussels + Gustave Strauven

Art for Art Nouveau’s Sake | Cultural Capital  Just as Josep Puig i Cadafalch is overshadowed by Gaudí, so Victor Horta steals the limelight from Gustave Strauven. Monsieur Strauven was a protégé of Monsieur Horta. His pièce de résistance is … 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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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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Portonovi + Boka Bay Montenegro

Portonovi + Boka Bay Montenegro “Just as if I have returned to town from the most beautiful fairytale of my childhood.” Sophia Loren The great Italian actress is a fan. Roughly the size of Northern Ireland but with less than … Continue reading

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Hilton Crna Gora Hotel + Podgorica Old Town Montenegro

The Whole Enchilada On a rainy Friday morning the five star Hilton Crna Gora Hotel in Podgorica is all abuzz. Six foot plus male and female bodyguards are lingering in the lobby, cameramen are mingling with journalists in the corridor, … Continue reading

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