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Architects Journal
Deborah Singmaster

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  • Waddesdon Manor: The Heritage of a Rothschild House


  • a life in architecture


    jeremy lee
  • A life in architecture - Peter Conradi


    Writer Peter Conradi started to notice architecture when he went up to the University of East Anglia in 1964 and was exposed to the vernacular architecture of Norwich on the one hand, and the Brutalism of Lasdun's campus on the other. 'I lived in the Ziggurat which I thought was the worst designed building I'd ever been in.There were no external windows on the corridors which meant that it was dark during daylight - infuriating.
  • a life in architecture david austin


    'Roses are so untidy, all over the shop. It's part of their charm but it means that they need a very severe framework to grow in, 'says rose grower David Austin, whose own garden in Wolverhampton is loosely modelled on the garden created by Vita Sackville-West at Sissinghurst in Kent.
  • Shop till you drop


  • a life in architecture - tristram mylius


    Furniture designer Tristram Mylius of Hitch Mylius is fascinated by mixtures of styles, 'the old and the new'. He enjoys observing the way buildings and cities have developed and being able to detect the history of a building in its fabric. 'I like trying to spot the effect of changing uses and influences, ' he says.
  • a life in architecture - antonia byatt


    Normally, Antonia Byatt, daughter of novelist A S Byatt, says she would choose a building that was 'less brash' than Will Alsop's Peckham Library - something more discreet, like the new home of the Women's Library in London's East End, of which she is director.
  • a life in architecture - julia neuberger


    Rabbi Julia Neuberger regularly walks through London's Regent's Park on her way to work. She relishes its mixture of formality and naturalness: 'Those almost over-the-top plant arrangements, but the birds and ducks all over the place because they can't really be kept under control.'
  • Seeing the light


  • a life in architecture - lisa jardine


    Her fingers are still tingling from contact with Sir Christopher Wren's original drawings a few hours earlier - 'Not black and white as you usually see them reproduced, they're brown pen on cream paper, with colour washes.'
  • a life in architecture shaks ghosh


    'You walk into this absolutely amazing lobby hung with chandeliers, an art exhibition round the walls, golden angels, a grand piano - it's like Christmas, 365 days of the year.' No, it's not some glitzy emporium, nor a film star's pad in Beverly Hills.
  • a life in architecture jude kelly


    'From the outside you see this long neutral building covered with graffiti, but inside it's this warm characterful space.'
  • a life in architecture - Michael Driver


    When he was a second-year student of architecture in the early 1960s, Michael Driver went to Finland and discovered the work of Alvar Aalto. 'For a lot of people, it's the first influences that are the strongest, 'he says. 'I'd been raised on the mainstream works of the Modern Movement, especially on Corb and concrete. Corb was received wisdom, Aalto was the alternative.
  • Steel frame in a velvet glove


    COMMERCIAL BUILDING: Deborah Singmaster welcomes a new arrival to London's West End
  • Backstage at Tate Modern


  • Wings of change


    building study
  • Grand conception


    Grand Central is a new bar in Shoreditch, east London, designed by Block Architecture for Eric Yu of the Breakfast Group, which owns Opium and The Social, among other venues. The name Grand Central was chosen by the architect as a reference to the famous New York station, but it has a more direct application to the 5m-high ceiling of the bar, with its large windows which give the feel of a terminus or any other public space where there is continuous movement.
  • A life in architecture - victoria glendinning


    Buildings with bellies and bulges instantly occurred to writer Victoria Glendinning, when asked to name some of her favourites.
  • a life in architecture - john murray


    Architecture and photographing architectural detail have been lifelong hobbies of publisher John Murray. Hence his affection for London's St Pancras Station (pictured), with its intricate wealth of detail. He notes that, among the mouldings: 'You even have the stationmaster holding up a model of a train on one of the columns.'
  • A life in architecture - michael berkeley


    Composer Michael Berkeley's passion for architecture began in childhood with churches such as Cley in Norfolk and Blythburgh in Suffolk; then came the 'gigantic' influence of being a chorister at Westminster Cathedral (pictured).
  • a life in architecture


    mrs alice snoddy
  • a life in architecture - robert thorne


    For architecture and engineering historian Robert Thorne, the Zurich Stadelhofen station (above) is a winner. Originally built in the 19th century, it was redeveloped by Santiago Calatrava in the 1980s. For Thorne, who has a particular interest in station design and has worked on several London stations - St Pancras, Paddington, Liverpool Street - it is an example of a station that really works, although he admits it is not a terminus.
  • a life in architecture - tania kovats


    For many years, the quarry garden at Belsay Hall (pictured), in Northumbria, has been one of artist Tania Kovats' favourite places. 'There are all sorts of tricks, like planting Scots pines on top of the quarry wall, which makes it seem like a much steeper cliff. And there is this funny relationship between the volume that's missing from the quarry and the house itself - it is as if they are equal, although they are not.'
  • a life in architecture - jeremy nichols


    Few people would claim they work in 'the most wonderful office in Britain, if not in the world', as Jeremy Nichols does.
  • Pumped-up architecture


    Your place or mine? Work or home? The alternative in both cases is the Third Space, a health and fitness club at 13 Sherwood Street, off London's Piccadilly Circus.
  • a life in architecture


    martin drury
  • Towering talent


  • power generation


  • a life in architecture


    michael landy
  • Dressed to kill


    PROJECT PROFILE: OFFICE BUILDING - Deborah Singmaster inspects full-blooded modernist style in Surrey
  • Romantic renaissance


    PROJECT PROFILE: REFURBISHMENT - Deborah Singmaster falls for the Ikon Gallery
  • a life in architecture


    sir paul smith
  • a life in architecture


    timothy mowl
  • a life in architecture matthew wells


    As a structural engineer who has also studied architecture, Matthew Wells is not convinced that the two disciplines necessarily merge in perfect buildings. As if to prove his point, he has chosen a structure (engineering) and a building (architecture) which are as far apart as possible.His structure is an old transporter bridge at Royan in western France, discovered on a cycling holiday.
  • A view with a room


    Fortress, royal residence, barracks, prison - Edinburgh Castle has performed numerous functions during its long history, dating to the 12th century. It is now Scotland's main tourist attraction, visited by more than one million people a year.
  • Underground souper-structure


    Things are looking up in the dark satanic maze that is Old Street Tube station in London. A sleek new cafe has just muscled in between While U Wait key cutters, a travel agent and the cheery white-tiled 'caff ' with its queue of regulars jingling the change in their pockets. Nincomsoup's white-on-black logo cubes above the long glazed frontage look as smart as a page from a book on type faces. The new cafe, specializing in high-quality soup, rolled up its shutters to the public after ...
  • a life in architecture baroness blackstone


    Would it be cheating, asks Baroness Blackstone, the minister of state for education and employment, if she were to choose a view as her first choice, rather than a building? The view she has in mind is that of the north bank of the Thames as you cross Waterloo Bridge. 'I think it shows more than almost any other view in London the amazing richness, range and diversity of London's architecture.
  • a life in architecture ianrankin


    Although Scottish crime writer Ian Rankin shared a flat with an architecture student when he was at university in Edinburgh, he never learned to reconcile architectural plans with buildings.
  • a life in architecture sarah hollywood


    A few days ago, Sarah Hollywood attended an auction for a house in Lewisham, south London, designed byWalter Segal, a pioneer of self-build housing.
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    Architects Alex Mowat and Diana Cochrane formed Urban Salon after graduating from the Royal College of Art.The name allows for fluctuations in the size of the practice as they take on different projects and link up periodically with other designers. In th
  • a life in architecture peter doig


    Artist Peter Doig first saw Eero Saarinen's Jefferson Memorial Arch when he was invited to participate in an exhibition in St Louis. Designed in 1948 and completed in 1964, the 'Gateway to the West' is 192m high, with a span of 192m.Doig says it could have been 'something mundane but when you actually get to it, it's genuinely awe-inspiring. Every detail that Saarinen designed is so intuitive. Space Odyssey 'pods' take you up to the top where you get incredible views. There's something ...
  • Party bombshell hits Ashton-under-Lyne


    Architect Arca has converted a portal-frame maintenance garage, designed by Fitch in the 1980s, into Ashton-underLyne's Atomic Nightclub. The new club near Manchester has steel pylons on the main facade - part of the original design - which have been emphasised with new external up-lights - 'all part of making the building look whizzy and techy', according to John Lee of Arca. In place of three large garage doors, there is now a human-scale side entrance marked by a red canopy. The ...
  • a life in architecture alain de botton


    The recently published SuperDutch, by Bart Lootsma (AJ 12.10.00), has made novelist Alain de Botton reflect on how going Dutch can change your life. He believes that 'the Dutch do modern living very well', and is particularly impressed by the work of the architect Wiel Arets.
  • A change of programme for Granada


    Today's television studios not only have to function efficiently, they must also provide an environment that is sufficiently appealing and stimulating to attract and retain a young, creative workforce in a fiercely competitive industry. This was one of the main challenges facing architect Allford Hall Monaghan Morris (AHMM), when it won a limited competition to design a London office for Manchester-based Granada TV.
  • a life in architecture adam hart-davis


    'I like buildings that lead on to things, ' says Adam Hart-Davis, creator of Local Heroes, the television series based on scientific discoveries. The new visitor centre at Westonbirt Arboretum, near Bristol, proved such a place thanks to Henry Russell, head carpenter on the project. The centre is a traditional oak barn built in a form of cruck construction. 'When I first went there, ' says Hart-Davis, 'it was just a pile of oak trees lying on the ground.' The meeting subsequently led ...
  • a life in architecture arabella lennox-boyd


    The designer of the surrealist roof garden at No 1 Poultry, Arabella Lennox-Boyd, has a romantic list of favourite structures and places.
  • Light lunch


    When TTSP was asked to refurbish the old Barings office at 6-8 Bishopsgate in the City of London, the restaurant was on the ninth floor. Like the rest of the building, it had not been touched since the early 1980s. 'It smelled of old cabbage, ' according to TTSP architect Clive Pereira.
  • a life in architecture michael palin


    Globe-trotting writer and actor Michael Palin has selected three buildings that he finds particularly impressive. The first is on home ground - King's Cross Station in London. 'I think it's very strong and simple, a lovely uncluttered building which does exactly what it has to do; and I think the fact that people were constructing really modern buildings like that in the 1850s is remarkable. It seems to me to have much more freshness than St Pancras next door, which is a pastiche. King's ...
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    Television programmes such as the BBC's Changing Roomsmay be scorned by professional designers and architects. But as the young design partnership Blustin Heath Design, based near Brick Lane in east London, has discovered, they are taken extremely serious
  • a life in architecture eric korn


    On three occasions the antiquarian book dealer Eric Korn has faced the prospect of being locked in a building overnight. The first occasion was in St Sepulchre, the round church in Cambridge (above). 'It was late, a fog was descending and there was a religious mist in the church. '
  • a life in architecture: jim crace


    In Jim Crace's novel Arcadia, developers replace a traditional and vibrant street market with a glitzy, policed business centre called Arcadia. It is the sort of place Crace loathes. 'I've come to hate the way very modern buildings try to put the outside inside so that you don't know if it's winter or summer, day or night.
  • a life in architecture: charles secrett


    'A gorgeous confectionery swirl of white curves, like a giant ice cream someone has plopped down onto the grimy New York streets, ' is how Charles Secrett, director of Friends of the Earth, describes Frank Lloyd Wright's Guggenheim Museum.
  • A unifying art


    Evans Vettori's refurbishment of the School of Art and Design at Nottingham Trent University brings together buildings from the 1860s and 1950s, and the school's different disciplines
  • a life in architecture william pye


    As a child the sculptor William Pye built a waterfall in the stream that passes by the three adjoining cottages where he grew up and where he now lives, 'a rather romantic place, but very modest', on the Hog's Back in Surrey.
  • Lived-in artistry


    It is refreshing to walk into the home of an artist and his family and to find it as far from the carefully arranged three-lilies-in-a-vase interior as you can get: it feels and looks thoroughly lived in, nothing specially tidied away or carefully arranged. The house is one of the few surviving early nineteenth century residential terraced buildings in St John Street, Clerkenwell, London: tall, narrow and four-storeyed, it was never designed with light and air in mind, nor generous ...
  • a life in architecture quentin blake


    As you approach Rochefort on the west coast of France, a sign tells you that 'You are entering Rochefort, seventeenth-century new town'. Quentin Blake, the children's illustrator, laughs every time he passes it. Yes, he says, it is quite true: the town is laid out on a grid principle and was built at the same time as French naval shipbuilding developed on the banks of the River Charente. Many of the original structures are still standing, including his favourite, the Corderie Royale ...
  • a life in architecture


    cornelia parker
  • a life in architecture elain harwood


    After completing her recent Guide to Post-War Listed Buildings (AJ 6.7.00), Elain Harwood decided that England's ultimate post-war building 'has to be Stirling's Leicester Engineering Building'.
  • a life in architecture hermione lee


    In 1901 the American novelist Edith Wharton and her husband built themselves a house in Lenox, Western Massachusetts. It was designed by Francis Hoppin and decorated by Ogden Codman, Wharton's co-author on a book on interior decorating. The writer and academic Hermione Lee, who is currently working on a biography of Edith Wharton, is impressed by The Mount. She says it has a wonderful setting, overlooking a lake and gardens which are being reconstructed. The house combines French, Italian ...
  • a life in architecture


    anna pavord
  • a life in architecture iain sinclair


    Surprise and mystery govern writer Iain Sinclair's choice of 'buildings': a bridge, a closeddown service station and a ruin.
  • a life in architecture karl sabbagh


    Television producer and writer Karl Sabbagh has come to know several buildings through film making, the most recent being Tate Modern. A few years ago, Monticello featured in a documentary he made about Thomas Jefferson. 'It's an obvious architectural icon, but I like it because it is a personal house.
  • Chemistry class


    Deborah Singmaster reports on an exuberant new research facility at the University of Bristol
  • a way with words


    Tom de Paor is young, he's gifted, and his Dublin-based practice is flying the flag for Ireland after being invited to design his country's first representation at the Venice Architecture Biennale by deborah singmaster. photograph by david richards
  • a life in architecture peter cook


    Once he has finally found a parking-place in grid-locked Dublin, architectural photographer Peter Cook is able to discuss some of the buildings that have particularly impressed him. 'One that I loved when I saw it a few years ago in Los Angeles was Rudolph Schindler's house. I thought it was a cornerstone of that movement of low-level singlestorey buildings and I liked the idea of the sleeping baskets on the roof, the homeliness of it. I found it really strong and exciting.'
  • a life in architecture simon thurley


    'They are among the greatest contributions this century to the London streetscape, ' says Simon Thurley, director of the Museum of London, of his initial two choices.
  • a life in architecture: simon singh


    Simon Singh, author of the bestselling Fermat's Last Theorem and The Code Book, grew up in Wellington, Somerset, and his first choice is the local Wellington Memorial. According to Singh the duke's connection with the town was negligible; he believes 'he only visited once to do his duty'.
  • Slated for success


    Restoration of an early nineteenth-century gate lodge in Regent's Park to create unusual accommodation has required the complicated reconstruction of its hexagonal slate roof
  • a life in architecture robert harbison


    Architectural historian Robert Harbison has selected some of the spaces and places that happen to be on his mind at the moment. First, the Doric temples at Paestum (above), although he doesn't usually like Classical buildings.
  • Fruit of the loo in Belsize Park


    Two lychee fruits were the inspiration for the bathroom pods in this London flat, remodelled by architect John Kerr: rough exterior skins encasing translucent silky fruits. The two curved pods, linked by a glazed node, jut out into the bedroom and are by far the most conspicuous feature of this ground floor flat in Belsize Park.
  • a life in architecture david lodge


    David Lodge is the funniest English novelist since Evelyn Waugh; and like Waugh he is fundamentally serious. The buildings he nominates represent his family, his work and his religion. His home in Edgbaston, Birmingham, was designed in the 1970s: 'a rather unusual cubist building with no eaves' and 'a lot of exposed brickwork and hard wood inside.'
  • a life in architecture


    Ian Rickson, artistic director of the re-opened Royal Court Theatre, recalls being taken as a five-year-old to the Horniman Museum, in South London (above). 'I have an almost Proustian memory of it and I see it like a child's drawing.' Designed by CH Townsend, it was completed in 1901, at the time of the Arts and Crafts Movement, a period Rickson feels particularly nostalgic about.
  • drawn to the dark side


    Born into the 'anxiety and anger' of WWII, Tomi Ungerer still suffers horrifying nightmares. Yet Strasburg's native artist-hero shows in his ever-growing oeuvre that dark subject matter can be reinvented, even for children by deborah singmaster.
  • Avery strikes gold in Barking town square


    Avery Associates with development team Urban Catalysts has won Barking and Dagenham Borough Council's competition with its design to revitalise Barking's town square (AJ 10.02.00 and 9.3.00). The £20 million winning scheme includes a wide range of uses from residential and retail to education, health and leisure. The proposed buildings form an 'open' canopied mall linking shopping in Ripple Road to East Street via the new town square to complete a circuit within the town centre. ...
  • A life in architecture


    thomas heatherwick
  • A life in architecture: John Adams


    'Houses keep coming into my mind,' says John Adams, head of the major projects architecture team at English Heritage, 'especially those built during the first half of the last century, because they respond to enormous social changes and technical innovation.'
  • Passport to security


    When Munich practice Betz Architects designed the German Embassy in Belgravia in the 1970s, security was not a major issue. The corner site, in Chesham Place, slopes steeply down to a mews at the rear and Betz took advantage of this by scooping out a double-height central well which greets you as you enter the embassy at upper ground level. A gallery running around the perimeter of the well leads to administration offices. The space below, meanwhile, is the visa section which, thanks ...
  • Rising inflation


  • Avery strikes gold in Barking town square


    Avery Associates with development team Urban Catalysts has won Barking and Dagenham Borough Council's competition with its design to revitalise Barking's town square (aj 10.02.00 and 9.3.00). The £20 million winning scheme includes a wide range of uses from residential and retail to education, health and leisure. The proposed buildings form an 'open' canopied mall linking shopping in Ripple Road to East Street via the new town square to complete a circuit within the town centre. ...
  • a life in architecture


    One of Heather Rabbatts' first tasks when she joined Lambeth Council as chief executive in 1995 was to fight for planning permission for the BA London Eye millennium wheel, designed by Marks Barfield Architects.
  • a life in architecture: lucy musgrave


    Castles form a continuous thread through Lucy Musgrave's relatively short life. From her family home in Warwickshire, she could see Kenilworth Castle, a dark-red sandstone ruin, begun in the twelfth century. It formed the backdrop to happy times with her siblings, the place where she 'started to enjoy clambering over buildings'. Later, she fell in love with her future husband during a course on late medieval architecture studying a string of Welsh castles: Harlech, Conwy, Caernavon ...
  • Stabilising staircase


    aj interiors
  • a life in architecture


    Paula Pryke
  • A life in architecture: dickon robinson


    In the 30 years Dickon Robinson has been living in the West End,he has become fascinated by the roofscape ofthe city and the way towers interact with each other.From the fire escape ofhis Covent Garden flat he has a fantastic view ofthe Telecommunications Tower (above) and Centre Point,with their contrasting profiles:the Telecom Tower with its cluster ofaerials,swelling and coming to a point;Centre Point symmetrical all the way up and terminating in a flat roof.
  • Boozing Bristol fashion


    Bristol’s dockside regeneration continues apace.A new addition to Britain’s liveliest waterfront,the Severnshed Restaurant, occupies a transit shed in the Docks,the only survivor ofa set ofnine demountable structures designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel in the last century.The shed was purchased by KBP ,a company specially formed to launch and manage the Severnshed venture,by the architect Peter Meacock ofCentral Workshop,with Matthew Pruen and Patrick Dempsey.
  • Looking back in amber


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    Christopher Frayling, rector of the Royal College of Art, puts a thirteenth-century 'apartment block' at the top of his list of favourite buildings: the 135 cliff dwellings at Kayenta in Arizona, carved out of the red sandstone by the Navaho Indians.
  • a life in architecture


    Three very different spaces delight Tariq Ali, playwright, novelist and political commentator. The first is a new residential Institute for Women's Studies in Lahore, designed by Fawzia Qureshi, a young Pakistani woman architect. Ali describes it as a three-storey building, on a tiny plot, which carefully combines Islamic and Modernist design traditions and fosters a sense of community; internal spaces, including a courtyard and terraces, are bathed in natural light.
  • a life in architecture anthony caro


    The sculptor Sir Anthony Caro wants to talk about a building he has not yet seen, Le Corbusier's pilgrimage chapel at Ronchamp, completed in the mid 1950s.He says that he likes to keep sculptural treats in his head until he is ready for them. 'Often they turn out to be better than expected.' Greece, when he eventually went there, more than fulfilled expectations; it is hard to believe that Ronchamp will not do so too.
  • Designing for the digital age


    The only form capable of accommodating today's electronic business operations would be an infinitely flexible shell, fitted with moveable, expandable floor decks and wired into a central system that could offer an infinity of services.Who would guess that behind the frigid facade of that displaced ice cube, Marco Polo House in Battersea, lurks the pulsating headquarters of ONdigital, a new broadcasting company offering a multichannel digital service?
  • a life in architecture


    sir andrew turnbull
  • a life in architecture


    Andrew Motion
  • a life in architecture


    mark elder
  • a life in architecture


    It is hardly surprising that the writer Gillian Darley, whose biography of Sir John Soane is reviewed on page 50 this week, should name the Soane Museum as one of her favourite buildings. It was the museum that led to her fascination with the man. She is continually surprised by 'the way the interior space is cut, enlarged and miniaturised at every level', and finds she still has to go back to the plans to work out what's really going on in the building.
  • a life in architecture; david marks julia barfield


    Once David Marks and Julia Barfield mention the Palm House at Kew, its connection with their Ferris wheel, due to be erected this week, becomes obvious. When they entered Burton and Turner's masterpiece after its 1980s refurbishment, before replanting, they were astonished by the lightness of the structure. Marks describes it as 'the perfect symbiosis of architecture and engineering', the quality aimed for in the design of the wheel. They had found it earlier in a very different building, ...
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    Julian Barnes
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    Chris Smith
  • A life in architecture


    Marco Goldschmied
  • a life in architecture


    Churches have always fascinated author and journalist Simon Jenkins, and English churches in particular, on which he writes a regular column in Country Life. He regards them as the vernacular museums of the country where the history, faith, arts and crafts and architecture of each community can be traced through the ages. Of the churches which he says have left him gasping, he first names the great double north porch of St Mary Redcliffe in Bristol. 'It is encrusted with Oriental and ...
  • fiona maccarthy


    a life in architecture
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    dan cruickshank
  • a life in architecture


    samantha hardingham
  • tim knox


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    richard deacon
  • a life in architecture


    amanda levete
  • Blue is the colour for new Babe


    Only 20 per cent of Babe Ruth customers understand the significance of the name - Babe Ruth, holder of the home-runs record for over half a century, was arguably the greatest American baseball player ever, greater even than the legendary Joe di Maggio. For fans, the eponymous restaurant in the O2 shopping complex in Finchley Road, North London, may come as a bit of a let-down: apart from a helmet, a few signed tops and the Louisville Slugger baseball bat signed by the ny mets, there ...
  • a life in architecture


    Bryan Avery
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    vivien lovell
  • A life in architecture - Pierre D'avoine


    A dilapidated colonial bungalow and one of England's greatest stately homes are emotional and intellectual touchstones for the architect Pierre d'Avoine, whose practice, Pierre d'Avoine Architects, designed the winning Concept House for this year's Ideal Home exhibition.
  • A life in architecture


    Alexander 'Greek' Thomson brought about a conversion in Deyan Sudjic through his Holmwood Villa, soon to open to the public as part of Glasgow's City of Architecture. Until now Sudjic, director of Glasgow '99 and architecture critic, was associated with an exclusively contemporary view of architecture, but Thomson, 'the Ayatollah of Classicism', broadened his horizons. 'It's very rewarding to find that there are other perspectives and that other periods have such strengths,' he says.
  • a life in architecture


    The artist Patrick Caulfield, 63, introduces a building he has grown fond of apologetically. 'It's quite mundane,' he says of the listed 1915 fire station, by C C Winmill, in Lancaster Grove (below), near his Camden home. It reminds him of a toy fire station - 'You expect toy engines to come rushing out of it' - yet he finds it surprisingly elegant and says he would love to live in it. With its steeply pitched roof and dormer windows it looks strangely domestic, apart from the ornate ...
  • A life in architecture


    Stephen Bull
  • Xanadu comes to Clerkenwell


    This apartment has a touch of Xanadu about it, reflecting the taste and interest of its much-travelled owner. It is in the Ziggurat, a former printworks in Clerkenwell, East London, originally converted to shell and core by ORMS. When the client bought the apartment it was already partly fitted out as open-plan with an over-large entrance hall, bathroom and kitchen. It has been reworked by architect Timson Garah Nielsen to provide a separate bedroom and storage space, and to incorporate ...
  • Everton school back to mint condition


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  • Kids bowled over by new school


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  • Naval engagement for Greenwich University


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  • People who live in glass houses . . .


  • Pole position Stephen Brandis & Stephen Fletcher have transformed a Greenwich pub into an elegant and welcoming space


    Soon all roads will lead to Greenwich and, in anticipation of the Millennium, the man behind the successful Notting Hill pub Beach Blanket Babylon has purchased the North Pole Pub on Greenwich High Road. Architects Stephen Brandis & Stephen Fletcher have refurbished the 1890s building and converted it into a 1990s bar with a restaurant on the first floor, formerly a fringe theatre (sadly, these are lean times for Greenwich theatres).
  • A rustic hen house comes to Wembley


  • The art of creativity and communication


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  • people in the news


    Robin Levien likes to joke that he designs products for both ends of the alimentary canal: tableware and sanitaryware.
  • Bristol building that whets the appetite


  • Coherent conversion


  • From loading bay to loft


  • Architecture at leisure


  • Cultural revolution


  • From tea to artistry


  • Glazing package for Plymouth


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  • Tramsformation in East London


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  • All change for Blackfriars Bridge


    Will Alsop believes that Alsop and Stormer’s design for a new Thameslink 2000 station at Blackfriars will ‘give a real sense of arrival and heightened experience to the commuter at 08.00 on a Monday morning in midJanuary’.
  • Ensuring a cool reception


    First impressions matter. When clients enter an office reception area they are influenced by what they encounter - handsome materials, high-quality furniture and a prominent logo will have been calculated to make a favourable impression, even if the actual office accommodation is of average quality.
  • Getting rubbed up the right way


    The Wyndham Centre, a new venture in Hatton Garden, Central London, is in striking contrast to the long-established business of the street - buying and selling jewellery. An institution dedicated to 'pain relief and getting the whole body back into working order', it sits between the London Diamond Club and Gold Star ('We purchase all gold and silver articles'). The centre was designed for its empty ground-floor retail unit by designer Robin Locke of Amalgam. According to director Alison ...
  • Tramsformation in East London


    A derelict 1900 tramshed has been transformed by Levitt Bernstein Architects from a local eyesore into a community hall for the residents of Digby Greenway Estate at Bethnal Green, East London.
  • Healthy outlook for Imperial College


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  • Investigating ice


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