I was asked to come to the unveiling of a new work by Stephen Cox in Apple Tree Yard, where Lutyens worked on the plans for New Delhi and Wheeler’s used to be. It’s at the back of a new building by Eric Parry, with whom Cox has worked before. I realised that the façade of the new building is one I had recently admired in walking across St. James’s Square: quite plain, unornamented, faced in smooth black brick at the upper levels and black porphyry on the piano nobile below, following the rhythms of adjacent buildings, with an effective, semi-classical, big basalt office building behind.
This is the building from St. James’s Square:-
This is the sculpture (or, rather, the top half of it):-
And this is Stephen himself:-