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Buildings I love

Over many years of working on numerous projects, I have always drawn inspiration from the work of some of the great architects from the past (borrowing from the past to enhance the future). Probably one of the most influential of these was Mies van der Rohe (1886-1969) whose list of amazing projects have inspired so many modernist architects over the last 70 years or so. There are of course so many of Mies’ wonderful buildings to choose from but I have narrowed it down to my favourite two, being... Read More >

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