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Artist impression of St.Mary's church in Watford, looking from the west entrance towards the main church hall and the chancel area

Return to Watford – more impressions of St.Mary’s

In February I was Watford, England for a week to visualize the planned renovation of St. Mary’s church. I wrote this blog article about it. Convinced Those images, of the chancel area of the church, were primarily intended to convince the monument committee, which has now reacted positively to the plans. The church council was pleased with my pictures and they asked me to come back to also to visualize the plans for the main body of the church. And so I got back on the train to the UK. Meeting place The main change in the nave of the...

Interieur image St.Mary's church in Watford, showing the alternative with a stone floor, looking towards the chancel

Working in Watford

The past one and a half week I’ve been in Watford, England, to provide my services to the design for the re-order of St. Mary’s Church. I previously wrote about this beautiful eight hundred year old church building, built with the typical flintstone that can be seen often in this region: The church’s interior is beautiful too, but also a bit impractical and not very flexible to use. For some time, there have been plans to make the church more accessible and welcoming. Now it looks like that is finally going to happen. Re-ordering the chancel My work was mostly...

Phto of the interior of St.Mary's Church in Watford in the current situation with pews and carpet

Refurbishing St. Mary’s Church

St. Mary’s Church in Watford, near London, is a magnificent eight hundred year old building, like there are quite a few to be found in England. But at some points the church does not entirely satisfy the requirements which the congregation has in these times: a building that offers the necessary flexibility and gives visitors a welcoming feeling. Also the extension from the 1970’s is not to everybody’s liking. From the outside it does not show that this annex was built more than seven and a half centuries later than the main building; on the inside, however, it lacks any...

Photo of the multi-colored and rather varied architecture of Bristol, England, with the Floating Harbour in the foreground

Colors of the City

Because of my ten-day tour through England, work on blog, twitter and other websites has somewhat stalled during the last weeks. Sometimes it is good to take some distance to all those social media. But during such a trip, I can not help looking with an architect’s eye at the things around me. Like at the colors and materials that are characteristic of certain cities. St.Ives, for example, a popular tourist destination in Cornwall, is almost entirely built with just three materials. Brownish stone, white plaster and gray (sometimes turned greenish) slate, used quite randomly. That results in a pleasantly...

Splendid isolation: the British Isles as if they were alone on a planet

English: a Global Language

3Develop is now officially bilingual: the entire website has been translated into English. UPDATE January 8th, 2016: This image, of Britain and Ireland in splendid isolation on their own world, I made early in 2014 to celebrate the fact that my website was now also available in English. When I looked at it again a few days ago, at it occurred to me that there may be Anglophiles and/or Keltophiles who want a print of it to decorate their wall. I therefore rendered a higher resolution, which can be obtained in my online gallery