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Living Paintings

Architecture I

Suitable for: Adults

Sponsored by: The Anton Jurgens Charitable Trust

Here we have constructed a selection of buildings from many parts of Britain that are all open to the public. Each has an interesting history and background, with architectural styles spanning the centuries. You can dine in Whitehall’s Banqueting House, visit Newcastle Railway Station, and fly away from Stansted Airport.

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This is how Robert Smythson provided it for her. He put the kitchen, the servants' rooms and the children in low rooms on the ground floor, above cellars; Bess, the family and less important guests in higher ceilinged rooms on the first floor, and the grand apartments in immensely high rooms on the second floor. Basically, he fitted all this into a long rectangle, two rooms thick. But he ran his entrance hall across the middle of this rectangle, from front to back, and made it two storeys high. The result would have been a simple rectangular block, if Smythson had not embellished it with six rectangular towers, as follows: two towers on the entrance front, each close to a corner; two towers in the same position on the back; and one tower in the middle of each end. The towers are identical, and each is carried up a storey above the rest of the house. The roof is flat, and designed for walking on, and admiring the view.

What's inside

  • A collection of raised tactile pictures.
  • Audio descriptions with music and sound effects in your chosen format of either CD or USB.
  • An A4 large print colour image pack or postcard pack.
  • An ‘Articles for the Blind’ returns label for the free and convenient return of the box.

Touch to see image list

The Basics of Building
St. Mary Redcliffe, Bristol
Hardwick Hall, Derbyshire
Argyll’s Lodging, Stirling
Banqueting House, Whitehall, London
Bedford Square, London
Newcastle Railway Station
The Guildhall, Northampton
Standen, East Grinstead
Royal Festival Hall, London
Stansted Air Terminal

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Fascinating album By the end of the album I was thoroughly captivated and you have made me look at buildings in a very different light now. Library Member
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