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My Favourite Buildings…Westminster Abbey

“The general aspect of this structure is grand in the extreme—perhaps not to be surpassed by any Gothic edifice in the kingdom; whilst in its details it presents a rich field of beautiful variety, almost every period of Gothic architecture being illustrated in one part or other.” Walter Thornbury, ‘Westminster Abbey: The Church Building’ (1878) There are few buildings in […]

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I was there… The House that John Lennon Bought – and Sold

Most Georgian country houses are known for their architecture and gardens – their previous occupants too unremarkable for either history to remember them or for us to take more than a passing interest. Some properties, though, are actually famous simply because of the people who made them their home. Properties like Tittenhurst Park…

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My Favourite Building… St Enodoc’s Church, Trebetherick

Come on! Come on! This hillock hides the spire, Now that one and now none. As winds about The burnished path through lady’s-finger, thyme, And bright varieties of saxifrage, So grows the tinny tenor faint or loud All all things draw toward St. Enodoc. Come on! Come on! and it is five to three.   Still, Come on! come on! […]

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My Favourite Building…Tate Modern

Tate Modern started life as Bankside Power Station. Built in two stage between 1947 and 1963, it was the last major ‘cathedral of power’ designed by the great Sir Giles Gilbert Scott who died just three years before its completion. Scott was generally opposed to such massive, industrial structures going up in city centres but relented and accepted the commission, […]

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A Brief History Of The Home: Post War (1945-Present)

The last 70 years have seen architecture develop with unprecedented imagination. Of course, the modern started back in the late C.19th and, following the horrific hiatus of WWII, Le Corbusier’s Cité radieuse (Marseille, 1952, and the first of his Unités d’habitation), re-energised and re-asserted the movement. From that point, (nearly) anything went…

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I was there…The House of Commons, the Prime Minister and Marble Toilets…

There are around 200 toilets in the Houses of Parliament and, as befits their eminent users, those that were part of Barry’s original plan are extraordinarily lavish and feature luxurious marble panelling…

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A Brief History Of The Home: Art Deco and The 1930s (1918-1939)

Just as the swinging sixties was closure for WWII, so Art Deco was for WWI. There are relatively few pure Art Deco houses and the movement’s impact on our domestic architecture was more as an influence than a rigid template. Indeed, the two main influences during this period are seemingly at odds: Art Deco, determined to machine a new future […]

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I was there…The Great Storm at Polesden Lacey

During the 1980s, we were regulars at the National Trust property, Polesden Lacey working our way through three separate contracts…

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A Brief History Of The Home: Victorian and Edwardian (1837 -1918)

This period encompasses several iconic styles and architectural movements. While it is in the great state and municipal buildings that these shifts in design, taste and approach can be most immediately discerned, they are also clearly evident in domestic architecture…

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I was there…Wembley Stadium

Professionally, there is nothing sadder than seeing a building disappear on which you’ve previously worked. And for me that means the loss of Wembley’s two famous Twin Towers that were demolished in 2003 to make way for the new stadium…

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