WAR MEMORIAL IN SALSOMAGGIORE ITALY
There's a lot of stuff in the news and media at the moment at the centennial of the first world war. We are involved in the restoration of several war memorials in South Wales, to show respect to those who made the ultimate sacrifice, and we've uploaded some images on our FB page. Its fascinating to see how different countries commemorate their comrades - the picture above illustrates a statue inspired by Fascism and erected during the Mussolini era. The drama contrasts markedly with our own artwork, which tends to emphasise peace and the futility of war.
Added: Quintessential English village
MOTHECOMBE - QUINTESSENTIAL ENGLISH VILLAGE
We stumbled on this little gem of a village last weekend - late in the evening, sun setting on another balmy autumn day, we followed a path into a model estate in Devon. The cottages are tucked into the contours of the land, protected from the prevailing weather, which can be ferocious: in January this year 40ft high waves were recorded and the life of a local lad was sadly lost. There were no signs of that at all - just lush planting, trees laden with fruit. Chocolate box stuff, but it wasn't always like that. These cottages housed an enormous workforce, dedicated to providing everything the laird would need at the manor house...fascinating, walking back in time.
GREEK CHURCH - INTERIOR
GREEK CHURCH - EXTERIOR
It's great to go travelling - and occasionally you can be inspired by very simple architecture. This building looked like a simple agricultural barn, but when passing I saw the intriguing slot window in the gable end. I went back and had a look inside - the beautiful chapel has a natural light source over the altar, and illuminated the interior in a very mysterious way. Little touches like this lift an otherwise mundane piece of vernacular building to a higher level, and remind us that complexity is often unnecessary.
WE HAVE MOVED TO THE QUAYPAD - A UNIQUE FULLY SERVICED FLOATING OFFICE IN CARDIFF BAY
Ever since we designed the award winning Quaypad in 2009 – we have wanted to test our concept. Now we have taken ownership of the first production model and are very happy to say that it works better than expected. The ambience is great for designing, and it is a pleasure to go to work again after the dusty old rooms we rented in Cathedral Road. We hope to welcome you on board some time soon!