Rousham (1738 – 41)

The landscape gardens at Rousham are considered the ‘most complete and typical’1 of William Kent’s gardens. They were initially laid out by Charles Bridgeman until around 1737 under the instructions of the Colonel Robert Dormer, but were later completed in 1938-41by Kent when commissioned by the younger brother of the Colonel, General James Dormer. The […]

Vaux-le-Vicomte (1656 – 61)

‘…a garden constructed according to mathematical formulas, where metaphysics is dissimulated by perspective, epistemology circumscribed by geometry, and rhetoric composed by the mobility of our bodies.’ Allen S. Weiss, Mirrors of Infinity In 1656, the small village of Vaux and two nearby hamlets were cleared for the construction of the chateau and gardens of Vaux-le-Vicomte, […]


A Mashrabiya is a type of oriel window commonly found in architecture of the Mashriq – a region in the Arab East encompassing Iraq, the Levant, Hejaz and Egypt [ref. Wikipedia]. The mashrabiya is usually found on the street front of the building and sometimes internally facing the courtyard. The mashrabiya emerged from the practice […]