Neighbours in Space and Time: Grafton Architects at Sir John Soane’s Museum

A re-presentation of an exhibition first shown in Sir John Soane’s Museum

Grafton Architects, Contextual elevation of the Marshall Building onto Lincoln’s Inn Fields 
Grafton Architects, Contextual elevation of the Marshall Building onto Lincoln’s Inn Fields 

 

In January 2022, the Marshall Building at 44 Lincoln’s Inn Fields, London, opened its doors. Designed by Grafton Architects for the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), the building sits across the square from Sir John Soane’s Museum. This exhibition focuses on the relationship between the two buildings which face each other across London’s largest garden square.

 

 

Grafton Architects, Structural Section of The Marshall Building with inset section of Lincoln’s Inn Chapel

 

Both buildings were created as spaces for learning and debate. In the Marshall Building, certain features of Sir John Soane’s Museum and his approach to architecture are translated for the twenty-first century. The layered façade, ingenious and dramatic uses of natural light and the adoption of new technologies are common to both Soane and Grafton. Here, never-before-seen drawings by Grafton are paired with specially selected drawings from Sir John Soane’s archive to highlight these connections. They highlight a dialogue between two buildings and between architects separated by centuries, who share a craft.

 

Exhibition in first floor rooms of IAA, 45 Merrion Square
Exhibition in the first floor rooms of the IAA, 45 Merrion Square

 

For more information on the original exhibiton, click here.

The Irish Architectural Archive is grateful to Grafton Architects and Sir John Soane’s Museum for bringing this exhibition to the first floor rooms of 45 Merrion Square.

 

Exhibition in first floor rooms of IAA, 45 Merrion Square
Exhibition in the first floor rooms of the IAA, 45 Merrion Square