Bikes, Canoes and a Picnic: An office day out
The office spent an enjoyable day in Slimbridge, Gloucestershire. Ashley, the manager of Wild Goose Lodge, brought us a fantastic picnic lunch a few miles downstream. The choice of transport was between walking, mountain biking or canoeing.
An afternoon at the Serpentine Pavilion
In the centre of Peter Zumthor’s Pavilion is a garden. Zumthor’s says his design ‘aims to help its audience take the time to relax, to observe and then, perhaps, start to talk again – maybe not.’ When we visited the great man himself was huddled in a corner with David Hockney happily chatting away.
Mies Van der Rohe: The Architect
Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. The Architect’s Architect. 27th March 2011. Today would be the German architect’s 125th birthday had he have lived that long (he died, wheelchair-bound at age 85). Mies has been in, out and back in vogue. In the 1980’s, Robert Venturi famously turned Mies’s famous words, “less is more” into, “less is a bore”. Most commonly referred to by his surname, Mies was a German-American architect. An architect contemporaneous with Walter Gropius, Le Corbusier and Oscar Niemeyer, he is widely regarded as one of the pioneers of modern architecture. Mies created architecture of extreme clarity and simplicity. He was working at a time of enormous advances in technology – particularly in building structures – allowing greater use of steel and larger areas of glass. Mies didn’t go to college, but was fortunate to begin his training as an architect as an apprentice in the studio of…
A trip to Maiden Lane
Maiden Lane is the last in a series of remarkable housing projects planned or built between 1965 and 1982 when Sidney Cook was the head of the Department of Architecture for the London Borough of Camden. While Maiden Lane was designed and built after Cook retired in 1973, it is of the genre of buildings built during Cook’s tenure and is reflective of the brief heyday that Modern Architecture enjoyed in Camden before serious economic restrictions encouraged a return to an architecture of popular and vernacular influence. The estate was completed in 1982. Whilst, on one hand, we celebrate the modernist clarity of the Maiden Lane Estate, it also must be acknowledged that it has suffered from years of poor maintenance and squaller. Indeed it is questionable whether the original design was fit for purpose - for example the concrete was painted - and the paint was peeling by the…
Architects in London
Our (completely subjective) list of the most influential Architects in London We like lists and debates: and so here is our analysis of the 10 most influential architects in London today. It only represents our opinion on the domestic and international influence that these architects in London have. This is not an ‘appreciation of style’ list. We have only considered architects in London – in other words whose practices (or head office) is primarily based in the City. At position one of our ‘Architects London’ list, by quite a long way in our opinion, is Lord Foster. Foster has dominated the architectural profession over the last 40 years and has gone a long way to defining British architecture as an exportable international ‘brand’. At no 2 in our ‘Architects London’ list is David Chipperfield. He is the 2007 Stirling Prize winner and reigns supreme at designing beautiful, sensitive modernist buildings. At…