Unsupported browser

For a better experience please update your browser to its latest version.

Your browser appears to have cookies disabled. For the best experience of this website, please enable cookies in your browser

We'll assume we have your consent to use cookies, for example so you won't need to log in each time you visit our site.
Learn more

Astragal: Gloom with a view

Piers Gough always succeeds in making architecture cheerful. Even in leading a small group around the home of that morbid master of gloom, Sir John Soane, last week, he managed to interweave laughs with serious points. Soane is closer to Balthasar Neumann, he suggested, than his younger German contemporary Schinkel, and the way he displays objects is unlike the modern trend in exhibition design, which makes them 'easy to visit'; Soane, he suggested, is simultaneously theatrical and ...

Already a subscriber? Login here or activate your digital account