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“Atmosphere is my style”
JMW Turner

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From Turner to Zumthor artists and architects have long attempted to create those indescribable and unforgettable emotions that result from the feeling of “Atmosphere”. That sense of place and time which, seemingly, cannot be designed but instead must be captured:

A specific moment in time…
A particular place…
An amazing view…
The effect of light…
A collection of materials…
Or most likely a combination of the above.

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A site visit to Lowther Castle on a cold winter’s afternoon last week was one such convergence of time, place, light and material:

The low winter sun fighting its way through the fog…
The hanging mist that refused to budge…
The windows of the old ruin framing views…
The rugged, gnarled, rubble stone walls creating patterns of light and shade…

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