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astragal Stirling version

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The Cambridge University Professor of Classical Archaeology was blunt: 'This building is like no building I ever learnt to love,' were the words he used to describe James Stirling's design for the Cambridge history faculty, as described in the recently published Stirling Writings on Architecture. But the professor seems to possess a certain insight, for he continued: 'You come to the desk and you realise you are in an Edwardian hotel; either you go up to your room or you pass beyond into the tea lounge with light coming in from above and no doubt a palm court orchestra playing.' I've often wondered where John Portman got his ideas for a glass topped atrium surrounded by wings of rooms.

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