The Royal Court Theatre, the Young Vic Theatre and the London Library (above) are buildings of varied character and rich…
Britain needs more houses, and the government’s highly unpopular draft National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) at least asks how to get them — the right question even if it gives the wrong answer.
St Paul’s Cathedral is quite rightly something of a national obsession. No other building has protected ‘view corridors’ as a result of legislation in 1935, when new building regulations allowed the surrounding buildings — notoriously a telephone exchange to the south — to overtop the cathedral’s cornice line. These corridors, extending like an unseen net as far afield as Richmond Hill, make architects unaccountably cross, as if they were an unfair curb on the alliance of art and Mammon. Thank God they are there, and that the tallest buildings, springing up once again like genetically modified beanstalks, are at least corralled east of Bank.
The Three Classicists
RIBA, until 29 May
Horace Walpole’s Strawberry Hill
Victoria & Albert Museum, until 4 July
When some 700 people throng the auditorium at Earl’s Court to hear a debate about whether eco houses are ugly, then a frustrated tree-hugger like myself may feel that we are halfway to heaven, not that I plan to share my Elysium with Germaine Greer in ranting mode if I can avoid it.
Alan Powers on Parliament Square
Alan Powers on architecture
The Beauty of Holiness: G.F. Bodley (1827-1907) and his circle
Earlier this year, a book appeared celebrating the first ten years of the Stirling Prize for architecture
Last time it was cows, this time it’s sheep. I’m not talking about an agricultural show, but about the London…
Listing page content here Twenty years ago, Britain was gripped by an architectural battle of styles. The Lloyd’s building in…
London is about to experience two exhibitions about early 20th-century Modernism. The V&A is mounting a substantial themed display of…
Importance of ornament
Triumph of tenacity
Draughtsman of genius
Ever since W.S. Gilbert’s Lady Jane lamented, ‘Oh, South Kensington!’ in Patience, 1881, the place has carried a regretful quality.…