13 July. Innes sleeping and showing the characteristics of a small boy this particular Scottish summer: rosy cheeks despite the factor fifty; shorts and scraped knees; sandals.
9 July. Rawden Pettitt gave a presentation on the refined work of Stanton Williams.
Got up to Banchory in plenty time for dinner with the team and lively debate over a few drinks after (they asked us to put the lights out when we were done).
It was mostly constructive, and set us up for the next day’s tour. Any notes are just my thoughts: the jury doesn’t meet until late July to decide who might win what.
For me, every project was worth looking at and I’d have been proud of any of them.
Richard Murphy is building his own house just a long the street from the office. Sketching it is like unravellng a little puzzle so I can’t imagine building it is all that straightforward.
A day out at a self build project in the Dutch city of Almere. Every town should have a place where those who want to go and build their own house can do so. From speaking to the people we met, it can be a hugely positive experience. Out of 600 individually built houses, they’ve had three significant problems.
Sketching with the London office before a couple of beers and then a trip up to Derby. The big public space outside St Martin’s art school is quite harsh, though softened by the sound of the intermittent waterfalls. When the area is redeveloped, and it’s all quite high density and tightly packed, this space will seem supremely luxurious.
My fellow sketchers drawings are here:
I was left a bit uninspired by the banality of the middle management working life and then Tim Crocker did HTA’s Tuesday talk and added a little inspiration.
A simple building off St Andrew’s Square in Edinburgh. Nice proportions, materials and details, but tired and unloved looking. There are lots like this, and there’s a lot to be learned from looking at them.
I had a pleasant walk through the traffic free city on the day of Margaret Thatcher’s funeral. This is the enormous Cheesegrater building by Rogers Stirk Harbour. The scale, in relation to the adjacent Lloyds, is incredible, the lobby alone is about five storeys high. I wonder what they’ll put in it? Below is Paul Finch giving an insightful talk to HTA the night before. The Thatcher legacy was the main topic, really.