RMS Orion & RMS Orcades II: Modern Liners

Described in the Architectural Review as “a landmark in the evolution of the modern liner”, Orion (1934) and her sister ship Orcades II (1937) were built for the Orient Line. Orion’s design was a departure from the more usual period styles to a simpler, contemporary style. With modern interiors designed by Brian O’Rorke this was the first time that an architect had carried out the entire decoration of a ship. Designed primarily for tropical conditions they featured air conditioning in all public rooms and a more flexible, informal, open air layout.

Both ships were converted to troopships in the Second World War. Sadly in 1942 Orcades was sunk with the loss of 45 lives south west of Cape Town after a battle with a German U-boat in which she was hit by 6 torpedoes.

 

RMS Orion

Launched:  Barrow-in-Furness, 1934

Disposal:  scrapped, 1963

Tonnage:  23,696 tons

Length:  665 feet or 203 metres

Maximum speed:  21 knots

 

RMS Orcades II

Launched:  Barrow-in-Furness, 1937

Disposal:  sunk, 1942

Tonnage:  23,456 tons

Length:  639 feet or 195 metres

Maximum speed:  21 knots

 

Also see: Ocean LinersSS NormandieSS Oriana.

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RIBA116764Archduke Wine Bar, Waterloo, London

 
RIBA116765Archduke Wine Bar, Waterloo, London

 
RIBA116766Archduke Wine Bar, Waterloo, London


RIBA116767Archduke Wine Bar, Waterloo, London

 
RIBA116768Archduke Wine Bar, Waterloo, London

 
RIBA116769Archduke Wine Bar, Waterloo, London


RIBA116770Archduke Wine Bar, Waterloo, London, seen at night

 
RIBA116771Archduke Wine Bar, Waterloo, London, seen at night

 
RIBA116772Archduke Wine Bar, Waterloo, London


RIBA116773Archduke Wine Bar, Waterloo, London, seen at night

 
RIBA116774Wing House, Aylesbury

 
RIBA116775Wing House, Aylesbury


RIBA116776Bredon Barn, Worcestershire: the restored barn from the north-west

 
RIBA116777Bredon Barn, Worcestershire: the south-east porch under restoration

 
RIBA116778Bredon Barn, Worcestershire: the restored interior


RIBA116779Bredon Barn, Worcestershire: the restored interior

 
RIBA116780Bredon Barn, Worcestershire: the south-east porch under restoration

 
RIBA116781Takbro, Burgess Hill, Sussex


RIBA116782Takbro, Burgess Hill, Sussex

 
RIBA116783Takbro, Burgess Hill, Sussex

 
RIBA116784Takbro, Burgess Hill, Sussex: detail of cladding on the side elevation


RIBA116785Takbro, Burgess Hill, Sussex

 
RIBA116786Takbro, Burgess Hill, Sussex

 
RIBA116787Takbro, Burgess Hill, Sussex: the reception area


RIBA116788Takbro, Burgess Hill, Sussex: the rest or coffee area

 
RIBA116789Takbro, Burgess Hill, Sussex

 
RIBA116790Takbro, Burgess Hill, Sussex: detail of the solar collector


RIBA116791Takbro, Burgess Hill, Sussex: the open-plan office

 
RIBA116792Takbro, Burgess Hill, Sussex: an individual office

 
RIBA116793Takbro, Burgess Hill, Sussex: the north elevation


RIBA116794Takbro, Burgess Hill, Sussex; window detail

 
RIBA116795Takbro, Burgess Hill, Sussex: the south elevation

 
RIBA116796Takbro, Burgess Hill, Sussex


RIBA116797Takbro, Burgess Hill, Sussex: detail of cladding on the side elevation

 
RIBA116798Takbro, Burgess Hill, Sussex: the reception area

 
RIBA116799Takbro, Burgess Hill, Sussex: the south elevation