The first phase of Purcell Miller Tritton's remodelling of the North Galleries at the National Gallery is complete, with updated services, oak floors and glazed, vaulted roofs (in place of box-like rooms of the mid1970s). Over half of the £8 million project is funded from France, and benefactors include Yves Saint Laurent, whose 'artinspired outfits' are temporarily on show.
Admire the Mondrian dress, the Van Gogh Sunflowers jacket, the Cubist evening suit Poundbury lives! In a rejoinder to Gavin Stamp's recent claim in The Times that the prince's model settlement on the outskirts of Dorchester had been 'compromised', and that Leon Krier, its creator, had retreated to the South of France 'in disgust', the great urbanist issued a vigorous denial in the paper last week.
'Au contraire, ' he wrote: 'Poundbury is an extraordinary success.' There is now a 'worldwide renewal of traditional architecture and urbanism'. The recently closed Perspectives, 'in my judgement failed precisely because it did not illustrate the prince's ideas'. A true believer.