Tag Archives: architecture

creative spaces :: maggie’s cancer caring centre

My creative spaces posts are usually about the environments that creative people work in, implying an effect of their surroundings on their creativity. We all know instinctively that our surroundings affect how we feel and behave, but this month’s creative space goes as far as to help people cope with one of the most traumatic things any of us can face, cancer.

Maggie's Cancer Caring Centre, London

Maggie's Cancer Caring Centre, London

I was recently privileged to spend a few hours visiting and photographing the Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centre in London. Continue reading

out and about :: london’s libraries

Having recently joined the 20th Century Society, the boy and I joined them for “Lend us your books, a day ‘in Libris;'” a day exploring the development of the public library from the turn of the 20th century right through to the 21st; focusing on architecture, planning and design.

Peckham library

Peckham library

We started the day, bright and early, at Kensington Central Library. Continue reading

creative spaces :: emulsion

This month’s creative space is Emulsion, an architecture studio in Baker’s Yard; a little-known 1980s industrial estate in Clerkenwell, tucked away at the bottom of Back Hill and just down the road from The Eagle; reputedly the first ever ‘gastropub’. 

Door bell for the studio Emulsion share with Matteblak and Studio Baer

Door bell for the studio Emulsion share with Matteblak and Studio Baer

They’re on the top floor, in a double-height space they fitted out themselves, which used to house Continue reading

out and about :: barbican

The boy and I recently spent an enlightening Sunday afternoon exploring the Barbican on one of their official architecture tours led by the very knowledgable Richard Burton.

Once voted Britain’s ugliest building, this 35 acre, Grade 2 listed estate has been the subject of much controversy and misunderstanding.

The Barbican

The Barbican

The word ‘barbican’ means Continue reading

about and about :: wim crouwel in conversation

On March 31st I went to see Rick Poynor in conversation with Wim Crouwel and his son Mels Crouwel at the Design Museum. It was first in a series to mark the retrospective of the iconic graphic designer and typographer; Wim Crouwel, a Graphic Odyssey.

Wim Crouwel (photograph by Luke Hayes)

Wim Crouwel (photograph by Luke Hayes)

Afterwards, I plucked up the courage to speak to the man himself to ask for a short interview – and he said yes! But more of that later; first the talk… Continue reading

out and about :: john pawson plain space

John Pawson Plain Space at the Design Museum opens with; “…I think a plain space near the eye gives it a kind of liberty it loves; and then the picture, whether you choose the grand or beautiful, should be held up at its proper distance. Variety is the principle ingredient in beauty; and simplicity is essential to grandeur.” William Shenstone, 1714 – 1763.

Site specific 1:1 installation, John Pawson for the Design Museum

Site specific 1:1 installation, John Pawson for the Design Museum

I prefer Pawson’s far simpler explanation; “I’m from Yorkshire – plain speaking, plain space.”  Continue reading

out and about :: 1:1 architects build small spaces

Friday night at the V&A was a like treasure hunt. They had asked 19 architects to submit plans for ‘small spaces’ that explore the idea of refuge and retreat – and seven were selected to make 1:1 scale models, which are now on display all over the museum. A map (and my terrible map reading skills) led us to the first installation; the delightfully wooden “woodshed” by Rural Studio (a programme of a school of architecture at Auburn University):

"Woodshed" by Rural Studio

"Woodshed" by Rural Studio

Our explorations then took us on to my idea of heaven…

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