We are delighted to offer our readers a new experience – a group visit to the Cosmic House at the Charles Jencks foundation, a laboratory of Post-Modern culture that frames architecture in its most universal context, to understand how the man-made is an expression of our cosmic existence.

The tour will take place on Tuesday, 24 January 2023, 1400 – 1530. We will be greeted by the museum specialist at the Cosmic house and offered an introduction into the world of Charles Jencks, postmodernism and the house. You will then have time to explore the house at your own pace and in the end we will gather again to ask any questions that you may have to the museum expert.

Charles Jencks (1939–2019) was a writer, critic, designer and teacher whose work defined and refined the disparate and wide-reaching ideas behind Post Modernism. Arguably the most widely-read and influential writer on architecture of the late twentieth century, his books were pivotal in explaining, illuminating and developing the often complex ideas behind Post Modernism. The Cosmic House was a physical manifestation of those ideas incorporating and metabolising references to developments in art history and science, philosophy, cosmology and the body. You can see more of Charles Jencks’ works here.

The Garden of Cosmic SpeculationDumfries, Scotland @Charles Jencks

The newly established Jencks Foundation opened The Cosmic House to the public for the first time in September 2021. It catalogues and preserves Charles Jencks’ archive and extensive library. The Cosmic House contains Charles’ archive from his work as a historian, critic, land artist and co-founder of Maggies Cancer Caring Centres.

Mutual Wrap, Clare College, Cambridge, 2005. @Charles Jencks

HOW TO BOOK

The cost of the tour is £25 per person. Please contact Natasha Butterwick to book. Places are very limited, so please book early to avoid disappointment.

  • Date: 24 January 2023
  • The Cosmic House 19 Lansdowne Walk, London, W11 3AH
  • Time: 2.00-3.30pm
  • Tickets: £25