Court circular Foster and Partners' Great Court project is taking shape. It gives a new heart to the British Museum by reclaiming the quadrangle surrounding the round reading room at the centre of the
23-Sep-1999Great institutions and their buildings enjoy a complex relationship. The British Museum was founded by Act of Parliament in 1753 and opened to the public in 1759. Its first home was an existing late seventeenth century house, Montague House, which stood on the site in Great Russell Street which the Museum has occupied ever since. Following the death of George III his library was bequeathed to the nation and into the care of the Museum and, in 1823, Robert Smirke was commissioned to ...
Stone Age Modernist DEAN HAWKES Le Corbusier, the Noble Savage: Toward an Archaeology of Modernism by Adolf Max Vogt. mit Press, 1998. 365pp. £24.95
4-Mar-1999'If one is asked what distinguishes Le Corbusier from other avant- gardists of his generation,' (writes Adolf Max Vogt) 'one possible answer might be that, while Le Corbusier's house is white and cubical and 'cool' like the houses of the other avant-gardists, only he insisted to the end of his life on lifting his house if possible completely on stilts (pilotis) and making it a boite en l'air (box up in the air). This is what I explore here.'
26-Nov-1998The Houses of McKim, Mead and White
26-Mar-1998EXHIBITIONS Carving Mountains: Modern Stone Sculpture in England 1907-1937 At Kettle's Yard, Cambridge, until 26 April and the De la Warr Pavilion, Bexhill-on-Sea from 2 May until 28 June