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    Architecture – Apollo Magazine

    Architecture – Apollo Magazine

    The International Art Magazine
    Sat, 27 Mar 2021 16:38:52 +0100

    Keep cool: the concrete castles of Louis Kahn
    Fri, 12 Mar 2021 18:53:37 +0000


    Louis Kahn (1901–74) was an architect who designed buildings that looked like castles; this was true whether they were small Philadelphia villas or vast institutions such as his parliamentary complex in Dhaka. His style – which he arrived at only in his fifties – is characterised by what look like thick fortified walls of massive masonry pierced by simple geometrical shapes and sometimes topped…
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    An architectural frieze is the icing on the cake, for a building
    Mon, 22 Feb 2021 19:14:12 +0000


    If you have ever approached Termini station in Rome, you may have noticed a frieze on the edge of the slender canopy. It is quiet and subtle, a discreet touch of abstract ornamentation on the leading edge of a slice of otherwise unadorned and exquisitely mid-century modernism. Think back to The Godfather Part II, and you may remember a silent, unsettling character who acts as bodyguard and hitman…
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    The school that gave us starchitecture
    Thu, 18 Feb 2021 19:47:55 +0000


    From the January 2021 issue of Apollo. Preview and subscribe here. Given the ancient character of the craft, architecture school is a comparatively recent cultural phenomenon. Emerging from a soup of pupillage, guild-based apprenticeships and enthusiastic amateurship, the idea that you could train architects away from the building site only really took form in 17th-century France, when the…
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    From the Apollo archives – Gavin Stamp on the sorry saga of Edinburgh’s Royal High School
    Thu, 11 Feb 2021 18:07:10 +0000


    Edinburgh City Council recently announced plans to reconsider the future use of Thomas Hamilton’s Royal High School on Calton Hill, ending a deal with developers who had pledged in 2009 to find a sustainable purpose for the building. The High School, a masterpiece of the Scottish Greek Revival, has long lain empty; in 2015 plans to transform it into a luxury hotel were widely condemned by heritage…
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    Making an appearance – architectural copies and cover versions
    Tue, 01 Dec 2020 17:32:39 +0000


    What is a fake building? Unlike artworks, buildings aren’t faked for short-term or financial gain; they cost too much and take too much time to build for that. And for the most part they are highly visible, so their provenance is much harder to hide. To speak of fakes in relation to buildings is to talk about a lack of authenticity rather than deliberate deceit. Authenticity can imply a number of…
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    From Buxton to the Barbican – the enduring appeal of the crescent
    Thu, 05 Nov 2020 10:41:21 +0000


    This article was published in the November 2020 issue of Apollo. The Pump Room and visitor experience at Buxton Crescent are currently closed due to Covid-19; visitors are advised to check the venue website for further updates. The 5th Duke of Devonshire was a man with little self-doubt. His vast wealth from the local copper mines bankrolled the transformation of a small town in the Derbyshire…
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    Why are Berlin’s new buildings so intent on looking backwards?
    Tue, 20 Oct 2020 17:16:36 +0000


    There is a category of houses so famous that they can no longer be used as houses. Such buildings exist outside the practical needs they were built to address and are preserved much as works of art are. Victor Horta’s house in Brussels is one. The Maison & Atelier Horta were designed by Victor Horta in 1898 to be both a family home and an architecture studio. Today they are home to the Horta…
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    Charles Eamer Kempe – the stained-glass designer who kitted out England’s churches
    Tue, 30 Apr 2019 09:00:13 +0000


    Anyone who enjoys visiting British churches and cathedrals will soon learn to identify stained glass by Charles Eamer Kempe (1837–1907). Helpfully, he often placed a wheatsheaf in one corner of his windows, a device taken from his family’s coat of arms, but in any case his fastidiously luxurious style is unmistakable. Swathed in robes of cloth of gold and damask, figures derived from late medieval…
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