the garden ofarchitecture
A companion to the previous chapter, and concluding my investigation of Soane, this chapter analyses his fascination for the architectural potential of gardens, climate and weather, focusing in particular on 12–14 Lincoln's Inn Fields. The chapter is organised into four interconnecting sections, each with a specific theme. The first, ‘A Picturesque Landscape’, discusses the inspiration Soane acquired from the gardens and theories of the picturesque. The second, ‘The Nature of Architecture’, considers how the sensory appreciation of nature and weather informed the resulting analogy of architecture to poetry. The third, ‘The Air of London’, investigates Soane's reaction to the polluted atmosphere of the ...