31-May-2001Meditating on three domestic buildings, journalist and writer Kate Kellaway suggests that taste is often unconsciously shaped by homes one has lived in. 'A house takes on a different charge as you get to know it - rather like a person's name.'
22-Feb-2001Travel writer Colin Thubron was first struck by Islamic architecture when, aged 19, he encountered the Alhambra Palace in Granada, Spain. The palace comprises a series of courtyards, pavilions and alcoves, 'beautifully proportioned and covered by a filigree of plasterwork'. Thubron cites in particular the 'elaborate cupolas of honeycombed decoration - delicate and faded by the light'. He imagined that there must be similar palaces all over the Muslim world and only later realised that ...
28-Sep-2000The British Museum reading room initiated a love of domed roofs for the composer Colin Matthews.
26-Aug-1999Ruins and buildings where nature exerts a strong presence have always fascinated David Green, recently appointed director of the British Council. Green had planned to study architecture at York University but switched to education following his experience as a vso volunteer in Asia. It was during this period that he first visited Humayun's tomb, the sixteenth-century Mughal citadel to the Emperor Hamayun in Delhi. It is surrounded by a square garden and is a popular place with the Indians ...