The Guild of IT Workers, Liverpool
The ruthless geometrical patterning of the common or garden rake generates patterns of extraordinary delicacy. These provide first the complex and funny structure of a rake-pavilion-dome at Kew Gardens (home of Mr Fish). Then, as a satellite of the circular twist masterplan, the same patterns generate the plan of the Guild of IT Workers. This is a curved enfilade-meets–open-plan-workplace, its baroque-ish interiors lined with gabions of redundant technology; its exterior a bas relief of the same technology in black stone or wrapped metal, and its hazy and detailed façade edited through the geometries of that original rake drawings.