For the 2014 Summer outing, BSA visited Rousham House and Gardens, a surprisingly unsung paradise in Oxfordshire brought to light in Monty Don’s documentary series ‘Around the World in 80 Gardens’. The house, built in 1635, was remodelled in the 18th century by eminent English architect William Kent who brought Gothic flair to the house by adding features such… Read More Finding Arcadia at Rousham
This year our architectural Christmas dinner was at the newly restored St Pancras Station’s Midland Grand Hotel, a ‘Victorian gothic masterpiece’ by architect George Gilbert Scott.
Yesterday we went to see some inspiring Dutch architecture by Rem and his OMA team at the Barbican Art Gallery, City of London.
Yesterday we were given a tour of the recently completed Heron Tower, down the road in the City. It is designed by American architects KPF. Many of London’s new skyscrapers have followed a trend for form-driven shapes, attracting names like the ‘Helter Skelter’, ‘Walkie Talkie’ ‘Gherkin’ and ‘Cheese Grater’. We liked the Heron Tower as… Read More Heron Tower
Today we took a walk down Curtain Road to see some art at the White Cube gallery on Hoxton Square. Including some interesting architectural images!
This year the office holiday was to Istanbul in Turkey. We saw some great architecture including the famous Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia, Basilica Cistern, and Topkapi Palace, and much eating of Turkish ice cream and kebabs.
Going the extra mile: For us, getting the right result means going the extra mile, beyond standard components, to source something special. This week we took a trip up north to visit a subcontractor who is producing hand-made 55mm bricks for our new private Pool & Spa project, which is currently on site.
This year the annual office break was to Cornwall, including a look around the Eden Project by Nick Grimshaw.