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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.

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