Past Exhibitions

Order: Myth, Meaning and Beauty in Architecture

An exhibition in the Soane Gallery from 16 October 2009 - 30 January 2010

What are the orders of architecture? Where did they originate? Why did ancient architects build using the 'Classical Orders' and why do architects still refer to them even today? How can a building have 'secret' language of meaning in the way it is decorated? How, for that matter, can a building have a gender?

Drawing upon some of the 30,000 drawings held in the collection of Sir John Soane's Museum, this exhibition will undertake to answer these questions in a way that is engaging to both the student of architecture and those who have no prior understanding of Classical architecture. It will explore how this 'hidden' language of architecture is still around us - often in surprising ways!