Unconsidered Trifles


We’re receiving an impressive crop of entries for our Unconsidered Trifles… in which we celebrate odd, pleasing little things that may or may not be architecture.

The rules are simple: just send us a digital photo or two, basically, of things which might or might not be architecture (if architecture, probably just a telling or bizarre detail), plus a short explanation of what, and where, it is, plus your own name and address. If we like them, we’ll publish them here.


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Contemporary Viaduct

Hugh Reynolds
Viaduct over The Thames near Oxford a few weeks ago...

Guildhall Square

Samantha Holmans
Southampton’s freshly launched Guildhall Square – close up of wave bench designed by Chris Tipping...

Seasonal steps

Ruth Kamen
Happy New Year and Merry Christmas greetings on stair risers, Hong Kong...

Fiddler on the Roof

Ruth Kamen
Taken at the Verbier (Switzerland) Music Festival, July 2010...

Rectangular manhole covers

Robert Sakula
A manhole cover in Ebbw Vale replaced perpendicular from the way it should be. How to stop it happening?: rectangular manhole covers, not square...

Commit no nuisance

Chris Romer-Lee
I took this photo of a building in Southwark the day after the Tories took power...

RIBA Journal’s youngest reader?

My son, Fred, is the RIBA Journal’s youngest reader…

Still spouting off

Ruth Kamen
A water fountain in Pompeii, Naples, Italy...

Smiling supermarket

Ida Pap
I found this facade in East London (at Aldgate) and after viewing it on big screen I realised the smiling door...

Spirit of Architecture

Bumped into this serene beauty at the RIBA. She’s engraved on a window on the upper floor, outside the council chamber. Presumably dates from around 1934 when the building was finished...

Flower trash

Ruth Kamen
Here’s a trash bin in the shape of a flower in Essaouira, Morocco...

Arts and Crafts through beer goggles?

Milwaukee is famous for beer and for its Calatrava-designed art museum on the waterfront. But the city also has some fine commercial buildings from late Victorian and Edwardian times. In one of which, I found possibly the weirdest newel-post ever...

View from the bridge

Hugh Pearman
As vaults go, the one containing the archive of RIBA Journals going back to 1893 is somewhat elevated. At regular intervals I enter the vaults to glean material for our “Perspective” page, looking back over the years..

A Swatch in time saves nine

Ruth Kamen
Swatch clock sign at Medran, Verbier, Switzerland...

Bottle tops

Jonathan Manser
Bottle tops of various sizes inserted into the holes in a cast iron tree surround in Basingstoke...

US Army recruitment centre

Brendon Hooper
A very pop art army career centre, Los Angeles

Kirk Douglas Theatre

Brendon Hooper
A spartan art deco gem, Culver City, LA...

Jaguar caught escaping

Ruth Kamen
One of my favourites. We’ve had cycles in the sky, now Jaguars in the air (in British racing green)...

Cycling gets greener

Ruth Kamen
Topiary cyclist on roundabout in Martigny, Switzerland (Tour de France, July 2009)...

Chicken shed

Ann Morris  
This is great aunt Annie’s (aged 93) chicken shed located at the base of the Berwyn’s...

British spirit

Michael Zander
This is a picture of a man that made me smile. He is simply enjoying one of the first days of sunshine on his doorstep in Highbury in May 2009. That is part of the British spirit...

Rapid movement

Julieta Dimaio
I’ve always been a fan of the classical orders and you’ve just gotta love the movement that’s contained in this photO...

A question of sport

Allen Jones
Andy Roddick supporter on final day at Wimbledon 2009...

Urban interventions

Cat Martin
An over zealous bollard in W10 London

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