Sunday, February 14, 2010

Architecture of the Imagination

"As an architectural pile, the Imperial Residence made Vorkosigan House look small. Sprawling wings rose two to four stories high, accented with sporadic towers. Additions of different ages crisscrossed each other to create both vast and intimate courts, some justly proportioned, some rather accidental-looking. The east facade was of the most uniform style, heavy with stone carving. The north side was more cut-up, interlocking with elaborate formal gardens. ...

The groundcar pulled up to a two-story porch ... Illyan led them ... up wide stone stairs to an extensive second-floor suite. ... On the other side of this stone labyrinth ..."

From Barrayar/Cordelia's Honor by Lois McMaster Bujold (Baen, 1999)

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