Details at the Soane

A series of talks considers the meaning of detail in architecture and beyond

A series of talks on the subject of architectural details, held at Sir John Soane’s Museum in London, derives from a collection of booklets created by Wayne Head of Curl & Head Architects and published by The Everyday Press, in which architectural details from a variety of buildings – including the Barbican, No. 1 Poultry and the Bank of England – are surveyed, drawn and discussed.


This talks series asks speakers to reflect on a particular detail – whether social, aesthetic, literary, environmental, political, or architectural – and on the detail as intrinsic (rather than incidental) to our understanding of architecture. In each case, a 30 minute presentation will be followed by a 30 minute audience discussion.

Above: pages from the Details volumes 1 (Kodai-Ji teahouse) and 4 (Spa Green Estate, London)

31 January: Charles Holland, director of Charles Holland Architects
7 February: Wayne Head, director of Curl & Head Architects, and Arnaud Desjardin, artist and publisher
21 February: Elly Ward, director of Elly Ward Studio
7 March: Gillian Horn, partner at Penoyre & Prasad Architects
18 April: Armstrong Yakubu, partner at Foster & Partners

Tickets cost £10 and are available from the Soane Museum 

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