Gundry & Ducker Architecture Ltd.

The Draughtsman's Arms

The Draughtsman's Arms was designed as part of an exhibition and debate on the future of Architecture, "The Architect What Now". Located in the crypt of a London Church designed by Sir John Soane. A focal point in the dimly lit space, it housed the bar on the debate night and the reception area during the on-going exhibition. Plain on the outside, it is decorated on the inside and is sliced off at dado height partially revealing the occupants. It is both a drawing and a room. The room is a 1:1 scale illustration of a typical London pub interior. In response to the antique surroundings the drawn interior is in the form of an etching. We imagined that full of thirsty drinkers it would be like a living Hogarth print. In expectation of the architect clientele, the pub interior has been modified to suit, for example, the view through the window is of the RIBA and the cigarette machine is branded by Rotring.