The Nature of Art and the Art of Nature at Blackwell Arts and Crafts House

A recent trip to the Lake District afforded the opportunity to visit Blackwell, an outstanding example of Arts and Crafts design, and to reflect on the interplay between nature and human endeavour in the design world. The Arts and Crafts movement in the 1880s-1920s promoted real craftsmanship in the face of an increasingly mechanised world. It [...]

A Room with a Theme at Osborne House

Everyone knows the impact a themed room can have in a house. When done right it can define and distinguish a space, set it apart and leave a lasting impression.This fact was not lost on Queen Victoria, who created an incredible Indian-themed banqueting hall in her seaside retreat Osborne house. Set in a picturesque coastal [...]

Getting Some Perspective

A holiday is always an opportunity to step back, see things from a new angle and get some perspective; but not often in so literal a sense as on a recent trip to Rome. A few steps through a church door (one of the many, many such doors you pass in the endlessly rewarding streets [...]

The Architecture of Protest at the V&A’s ‘Disobedient Objects’

I visited the V&A ‘Disobedient Objects‘ on its last, oversubscribed last day at the beginning of this month, expecting to see plenty of makeshift gas masks, defaced walls and posters shouting righteous slogans. All of the above was in plentiful supply, but the real highlight of the exhibition for me was the unexpected role which architecture [...]

Debate: “City, Country or Suburb?” at the Royal Academy

Following on from the ’100 Years 100 Buildings‘ display, I attended a lively and vital debate this week as part of the RA’s Future of House season, where a panel of four experts thrashed out exactly where we should be building new houses. Chaired by the Architecture Programme’s manager Owen Hopkins, James Goff (Chairman of [...]

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 [...]

Inside View: Lloyds of London

Last week Boundary Space gained access to one of the most famous City buildings, a skyscraper whose towering status has endured since its unveiling, despite the fact that it has long been overtaken in physical stature by its peers. Lloyds of London in its current manifestation was built in 1986 and confirmed architect Richard Rogers’ [...]

The Boundary Space Christmas Party

As I settle into the first working day of 2015, I find myself thinking over the festivities of  December. Last month saw the annual Boundary Space Christmas party , which was positively marathonic for 2014! Beginning with lunchtime drinks and nibbles at the studio, we made our way to the Sir John Soanes Museum for [...]

Where Architecture and Photography Collide: ‘Constructing Worlds’ at the Barbican, London

The Foreward to the accompanying catalogue for the Barbican‘s exhibition Constructing Worlds: Photography and Architecture in the Modern World states that architecture is “the most significant, undeniable and often monumental and enduring trace of our presence on this planet”. In some ways the exhibition, which admirably demonstrates this statement to be true, can be seen [...]

The Serpentine Pavilion

Every year, the Serpentine Galleries commissions an architect from different parts of the world to create a pavilion in their beautiful setting in Hyde Park. This year’s Pavilion is the 14th structure to be erected on the site, and like the ones before it, stands as an example of the avant-garde experimentalism current promoted by the [...]