Farewell, my lovely. Sadly, it’s move-out day. The Lodge has been my amazing home for the past 6 years: a wonderful whimsical creation by the Scottish Baronial Revival master, William Burn, famous for a sprinkling of decent castles in our Celtic heartland. Built in 1859 for the Duke of Westminster as the gatehouse to his new Abbey, the Lodge has been the happiest of homes and the venue for so many epic creative occasions ... from music to mystic, auto to audio, love to laughter. It’s been an amazing privilege to live here, in the heart of William Beckford’s forest, with its secret lake and arboretum and a blue bell vista from my bedroom window as rich as any Arcadian dream. Even the rooms are Golden Ratio and its aspect allows for mesmeric views of the sun and moon from the fireside. All so considered by Burn. I mean, how many architects consider the view of the cosmos?! Change of address to mates soon. In the meantime, thanks to my landlord and the angels for so many years of verdant beauty by day and tranquil star-strung heaven by night. . . . . #beckford#oldengland#scottishbaronial#jaguarxk120#beautifulengland#bluebells#lifestyledesign#englishstyle#mysticalplaces#dreamland#arboretum#trees#wiltshire#celtic#goldenratio#architecturelover
I’m surprised the first photo from 2015 is so good - that was with my old Sony Experia (!) plus I guess the light was right. Anyway it’s Gollin & Co, an office block at the industrial end of #bourkestreet. Built 1904, designed by #charlesdebro, who tended towards interesting eclecticism, this ones a bit #queenanne, a bit #edwardianfreestyle (that #cupola) and maybe a bit #scottishbaronial, not sure about that last one.... In 1989 it was incorporated or at least surrounded by a larger office thing, designed by #perrottlyonmathieson when Carey Lyon was principal architect.