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a life in architecture peter cook

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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.'

Only a few weeks ago, his wife took him on a surprise birthday trip to the Guggenheim, in Bilbao (below).'That has to be a favourite.

It's full of interest - a complete contrast to the Schindler house.'

He struggles to think of a British building. 'Foster's Carree D'Arts in Nimes springs to mind.

When you enter into this fantastic space you're overwhelmed by the height, the space, and the presence of light. And I've been photographing the British Embassy in Berlin by Michael Wilford. It's not at all pompous. It's getting away from the fuddy duddy image. There's a courtyard with an oak tree in the centre of it which catches the light at all times of the day, a very simple bit of planting. I can't bear plants in buildings normally - all these atria with plants everywhere.' So what is Peter Cook doing in Dublin?

'Well, we're doing a lot of atria with plants in them.'

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