Monthly Archives: July 2008

Antler-shaped building

Berlage’s St Hubertus hunting lodge (1914-1920) built near Otterlo for the Kroller Muller family. The building, with its tower for spotting prey, sits on the edge of a lake in the Nationaal Park De Hoge Veluwe one of the must-visit … Continue reading

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On tour

Most of us will be on tour in August. We’ll try to post, depending on availability of wireless access on German campsites.

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Unpopular Culture

CIA recommends the strangely subdued exhibition at the Harris Museum in Preston. The Turner Prize winning artist Grayson Perry has selected pieces from the Arts Council Collection. This very restrained and slightly dark collection is predominantly modern and many of … Continue reading

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Primitive – Rustic – Classical

CiA recommends a visit to Tate Liverpool to see the exhibition GUSTAV KLIMT: PAINTING, DESIGN AND MODERN LIFE.The Klimt paintings, including the reconstruction of the Beethoven Frieze created for the Vienna Secession in 1902, present a necessarily limited selection of … Continue reading

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The British Architect

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Nostalgia…The Brion tomb (1969-1978) near Treviso by Carlo Scarpa, note the sarcophagi leaning towards each other below the reinforced concrete arch. Arcosolium

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On the one hand…

An example of publicity material for urban regeneration in Preston…LINK

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Vilhelm Hammershøi

CiA recommend the Vilhelm Hammershøi exhibition at the Royal Academy, London. Hammershøi’s cool interiors and distinctive grey-themed palette have attracted considerable attention for their restrained elegance and quiet power. The calm surroundings of the Sackler Galleries are particularly suitable for … Continue reading

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Intended context and current condition (slideshow).

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Waterhouse and Harris – safe in their hands?

Further to a post earlier this year the potential fate of Manchester Town Hall (Alfred Waterhouse), its Extension and Central Library (E. Vincent Harris) becomes clearer. The Manchester Evening News story about the future of the most significant urban and … Continue reading

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‘Not manly enough’

Monday, 7 July 2008: ‘Not manly enough’: Berlusconi’s verdict on Libeskind work Perhaps, when the architect Daniel Libeskind produced his grand plans for an art museum and office tower designed to inspire civic pride in the heart of Milan, he … Continue reading

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French concrete brut mystery

This photograph was taken in France in the 1950’s by architect John Sagar. Can anyone identify this wonderful concrete structure? Update 12 July: See comments

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