Review: 100 Years of British Modern Architecture at the Royal Academy

You might have visited the Royal Academy this winter for one of their major retrospectives: the revelatory Giovanni Battista Moroni exhibition, controversial Allen Jones or iconic contemporary artist Anselm Kiefer, but did you catch the short and sweet display of British modern architecture? ’100 Buildings for 100 Years: Views of British Architecture since 1914′ was [...]

Distressed Gardens – Petersham Nurseries

Spring has sprung (sort of!) and, with the RHS Chelsea flower show just around the corner, minds naturally turn to gardens and the landscape. One of the quirkiest places to get lunch in west London is the legendary Petersham Nurseries. This garden nursery-cum-eatery has something of the quality of a film set,  managing to be [...]

Ham House, Geometric Gardens, Beer and a German Sausage

Making the most of spring (?) sun, we walked down the river path to Ham House. It is claimed by the National Trust to be one of the finest examples of 17th century fashion and taste.  Although too late to make it inside the house the gardens were delightful and seemed strikingly modern. Having ignored [...]

Designing in a Recession

Boundary Space were recently featured in an article in Architects Choice, in which we discussed our feelings about working in the challenging current financial climate. One of our points was that we felt that a recession can, in some ways, be a driver of creativity, as it forces designers to work in new and different [...]

Winter at the Palace – A new studio

Much of our lives are spent at our place of work, so it is just as important that our work environment is harmonious and conducive to work, as it is that our homes are calm retreats to relax in. Given this we always consider our studio locations and fitouts in the same way that we [...]

A New Type of Museum for Paris

During a recent visit to Paris I came, unintentionally, across Jean Novel’s Musée du quai Branly. It’s a very interesting building and whilst it might not be considered as beautiful in its totality, it does have some fantastic detailing and some very interesting concepts. The New York Times summed up the building rather concisely as: [...]

Northala Fields – Park Design and the Value of Landscape Architecture

As we have a site near Marlow in Buckinghamshire we are regularly traveling out from central London along the A40.  It is a journey which is often a tedious and regularly slow. However there are a few things which help to divert the attention.  The most pleasurable of which are the towering hills of Northala [...]

RHS Chelsea Flower Shower Review 2012

Wow – the second hot year in a row.  As always plenty to see at Chelsea, far more than just one blog post could possibly manage! So here are some photo highlights.  What was striking was the extent of naturalised planting.  Although there were some formal elements and dressed stone it was noticeable that almost [...]

Autumnal Sea Side Palette

Ending the summer in Devon is the perfect way to get ready for winter.  The Weather is often favourable and the lack of tourists is always appreciated by anyone who has tried to drive to the sea in Devon or Cornwall during an August bank holiday.  But what’s truly special are the colours.  The walls [...]

Piet Oudolf Landscapes within Landscapes

Piet Oudolf has long been one of our favorite landscape designers. Having loved his installation at Peter Zumthor’s Serpentine Pavilion in London’s Hyde Park we were duly excited about the arrival of his book Landscapes in Landscapes.  The wait was well worth it and we were not disappointed. What sets this book apart from some [...]