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The Art of Architecture

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  • Education
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Episode 5: The Art of Architecture

Summary

A look at Ptolemy Dean's Weston Tower, which lies within Westminster Abbey, examining what went into designing the most significant addition to this historic site in 240 years.

Review

Throughout this series, we’ve seen sophisticated computer renderings of new buildings from all angles before they’re actually constructed. Architect Ptolemy Dean takes a very different approach – his work begins with sketches and watercolours. “The drawing is the key thing,” he says, “the process of looking.” It’s a method that found favour with the dean of Westminster Abbey, who commissioned Dean to build a staircase of wood and glass to give the public access to a new exhibition space in a gallery some 50ft above the floor of the abbey.

The finished tower is a thing of elegant, streamlined beauty, which pays total respect to its surroundings while looking, as The Guardian put it, like “a gothic space rocket”.

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