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architects make their mark
The Saviourís Tower (1626) - Moscow, Russia
Tsar Mikhail entrusted a little-known Scottish clock-maker/architect,
Christopher Galloway, with the task of designing a new gateway to the
Kremlin , a potent symbol for Muscovites.
Sir William Chambers
The Casino (1775) - Marino, Ireland
Chambers quickly established himself as the principal rival to Robert
Adam. As a concentrated essay in stone, the Casino uses classical motifs
and archaeological precedent to create an architectural gem.
The Cameron Gallery (1785) - St Petersburg, Russia
Catherine the Great invited Charles Cameron to extend and embellish her
palace south of St Petersburg. The Cameron Gallery is perhaps the most
celebrated of his commissions.
Quinta da Boa Vista (1815) - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Adam is probably Scotlandís most prolific architect. The Portuguese
Prince Regent commissioned an entrance screen in Adamís style for his
Brazilian estate 15 years after the architectís death.
Elizabeth Bay House (1845) - Sydney, Australia
Macleayís house was known as "the finest house in the
colony". , His achievement of an "Ideal Villa" has
endured and is acknowledged as an antipodean landmark.
Sir Robert Matthew
The Royal Festival Hall (1951) - London, England
Helped by the impact of the Festival of Britain in 1951, Robert Matthew
made his mark with prominent new buildings such as Londonís Royal
The British Embassy (1971) - Rome, Italy
Spenceís muted modernity found popular support, but a number of his
later projects courted controversy, most notably the Chancellory of the
British Embassy in Rome.
Neue Staatsgalerie (1984) - Stuttgart, Germany
One of the 20th centuryís most skilled architects, Stirlingís best
building is the Neue Staatsgalerie, which addresses urbanity,
monumentality, historical allusions and the citizenís role.
James Gibson (DCM)
Australian Embassy (1990) - Tokyo, Japan
James Gibson combines commercial success with an artistic eye, and the
Australian government appointed his firm DCM to design embassies in
Beijing and Tokyo to help bolster their influence amongst the Pacific
Dream Bay Resort (1999) - Taiwan
Allan Murray Architects were commissioned to produce a unique design for
a resort on the island of Penghu. The design is derived from the
sequence of courtyards traditionally found in oriental architecture,
most notably Beijingís Forbidden Palace.
Thursday, 13th September 2001
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