Monthly Archives: December 2007

Loos Haus

In the years since our first visit to their Hotel-Restaurant the Steiner Family have, every Christmas, sent us a sprig of vegetation from the forest surrounding their building, better known to architects as the Khuner House by Adolf Loos. Guests … Continue reading

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 It may interest ex-Manchester Polytechnic students of Architecture that Loxford Building is being demolished. Although the School of Architecture moved out of the building some eight or so years ago, for many years before that it was the seat of … Continue reading

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Renaissance Siena: Art for a City

The current exhibition at the National Gallery in London “Renaissance Siena: Art for a City” presents many unfamiliar delights to the eye. Along with the occasional massive altarpiece, the multifarious work of Francesco di Giorgio Martini in drawing, painting, sculpture … Continue reading

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Compare and Contrast

Ph.D. candidate James Robertson is continuing his research into the early career of Jack Coia and has recently visited both the Sir Basil Spence exhibition in Edinburgh: Back to the Future (Dean Gallery, Edinburgh), and the Gillespie, Kidd & Coia … Continue reading

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Heartbreakingly Picturesque

With neighbours like these one senses that this piece of old Manchester will soon be shouldered into oblivion. (Picture taken on Upper Brook Street, Manchester)

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From the hillside

Created with Admarket’s flickrSLiDR. Summer Hill near Ulverston in Cumbria in changing light, November 2007. The house is an extension and reuse of one side of a small Georgian country house. Phase 2 of the project will see the conversion … Continue reading

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Card No.8

Blu-tack after dark.

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Big Wheel thrills

The post millennium trend for erecting a big wheel in the centre of provincial towns has finally reached Preston. This one is positioned on the Flag Market, immediately in front of the Harris. It provides spectacular views across the city … Continue reading

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SMOKEBELCH has a nice Preston Bus Station post.

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How to end a staircase

Not at all flimsy, the low balustrade makes this octagonal spike seem even bigger than it is. Architect: Alfred Waterhouse, Cheadle Hulme School.

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Card No.9

Borromini does a window. Flaming heart.

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