Heavy and Light

Galicia, in north west Spain is a place built of granite. This hard stone’s stubborn resistance to the fine carving that sandstone permits is more than compensated by the delicacy of the traditional ironwork and timber window assemblies that often form part of the same building.

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A Printer's Son
A Small Masterpiece

Manuel Gallego Jorreto designed this house in Corrubedo, Galicia for his extended family 50 years ago and I had the pleasure of visiting it and his family there recently.

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A Printer's Son
David Chipperfield's House

Like Stromness in Orkney, many buildings in Corrubedo, Galicia sit on the edge of the sea and form protected streets where pedestrians and vehicles negotiate a shared surface. At the end of such a street sits a house which combines qualities of the ordinary and the extraordinary.

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A Printer's Son
An Essay in One Material

The beautiful village of Upper Slaughter (there is an equally memorable neighbouring Lower Slaughter village as well), seems at first to be the perfect chocolate box picture postcard village.

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A Printer's Son