The Queen’s House, Greenwich

So much of architecture is concerned with the way the detail of a composition embeds patterns of movement for the observing eye — by means of framed vistas, through the rhythmic beat of repeating elements and in the implicit dynamism of adjacent related forms.  This emphasis on visual perspective, in conjunction with the refined articulation of mass and geometry, is everywhere manifest at Inigo Jones’s Queen’s House in Greenwich, commissioned in1616 by Anne of Denmark, the wife of James I, who died three years later, with only the first floor completed.


John Pawson