Category Archives: Precedents

Hasselt University – Faculty of Law: NoA Architecten

Any understanding of the past is determined by the manner in which the information about the pervious age is interpreted. All histories are partial; all contain an act of translation or decoding. It is impossible for the historian to provide … Continue reading

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Adaptable Modernism

It is very sad to see that the demolition of the Sports Centre in Grange-over-Sands is about to begin. The building is/was one of a number of sports facilities that Hodder Associates created, all of which expressed a connection with … Continue reading

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Scottish Ballet Headquarters

Recently CiA were honoured to receive a guided tour the Scottish Ballet Head Quarters in Glasgow, by the project architect, Clive Albert of Malcolm Fraser Architects. The building shares an entrance with the Tramway Gallery, and we although we had … Continue reading

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The Coalhouse, Kishorn

  Buildings Outlast Civilisations. Throughout history buildings have been reused and adapted, they survive as culture and civilizations change. The already built provides a direct link with the past; it is a connection with the very building bricks of our … Continue reading

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Villa Romana del Casale

A model of the uncovered villa. Sicily.

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Església de la Colònia Güell

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Holl at the Glasgow School of Art

The Glasgow School of Art flickr site now includes Steven Holl’s proposals and sketches for his new scheme opposite the Glasgow School of Art. Link: GSA Flickr Urban Realm website. Scheme description/press release.

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Some architecture students I recently met had never heard of Peter Zumthor (!). I offer a photoset of the Kolumba Museum in Cologne as a reminder. Photoset

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SANAA: Serpentine Pavilion

It is hard to put in words the effect of this extraordinary intervention by Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa at The Serpentine Gallery in London (until 18 October). A sinuous silhouette characterises the slender reflective roof suspended on tentative mirrored … Continue reading

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Not Brutal but Savage

The Barn, Exmouth by Edward Schroder Prior, 1896. Photoset taken this week. In The Nature of Gothic John Ruskin proposed a list of the characteristics of Gothic architecture. This was an attempt to describe architecture as a living process rooted … Continue reading

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Uncle Monty’s place

Threshold of Sleddale Hall, one of the most remote houses in England, Uncle Monty’s Cottage in the film Withnail and I, has graffiti in the form of lines from the film.

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Five Hundred Years of Andrea Palladio

Andrea di Pietro della Gondola, born 30 November 1508. The Basilica Palladiana in Vicenza. The red plan is Palladio’s design as depicted in his Quattro Libri. The black plan is the structure as built, incorporating elements of the previous buildings … Continue reading

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