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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RIBA116944Anthony Hill exhibition, Hayward Gallery, South Bank Arts Centre, London

 
RIBA116945Anthony Hill exhibition, Hayward Gallery, South Bank Arts Centre, London

 
RIBA116946Extension to Dacorum Civic Centre, Hemel Hempstead


RIBA116947Extension to Dacorum Civic Centre, Hemel Hempstead

 
RIBA116948Extension to Dacorum Civic Centre, Hemel Hempstead: the glazed link bridge to the older buildiing

 
RIBA116949Extension to Dacorum Civic Centre, Hemel Hempstead: the glazed link bridge


RIBA116950Extension to Dacorum Civic Centre, Hemel Hempstead

 
RIBA116951Extension to Dacorum Civic Centre, Hemel Hempstead: the glazed link bridge

 
RIBA116952Extension to Dacorum Civic Centre, Hemel Hempstead: the open plan offices


RIBA116953Extension to Dacorum Civic Centre, Hemel Hempstead: the central atrium

 
RIBA116954Extension to Dacorum Civic Centre, Hemel Hempstead: a meeting room

 
RIBA116955Extension to Dacorum Civic Centre, Hemel Hempstead: the staircaes looking towards the porthole window


RIBA116956Extension to Dacorum Civic Centre, Hemel Hempstead

 
RIBA116957Extension to Dacorum Civic Centre, Hemel Hempstead

 
RIBA116958Extension to Dacorum Civic Centre, Hemel Hempstead


RIBA116959Extension to Dacorum Civic Centre, Hemel Hempstead

 
RIBA116960Extension to Dacorum Civic Centre, Hemel Hempstead

 
RIBA116961Extension to Dacorum Civic Centre, Hemel Hempstead


RIBA116962Extension to Dacorum Civic Centre, Hemel Hempstead

 
RIBA116963Extension to Dacorum Civic Centre, Hemel Hempstead

 
RIBA116964Extension to Dacorum Civic Centre, Hemel Hempstead


RIBA116965Extension to Dacorum Civic Centre, Hemel Hempstead: the reception area

 
RIBA116966Extension to Dacorum Civic Centre, Hemel Hempstead

 
RIBA116967Extension to Dacorum Civic Centre, Hemel Hempstead


RIBA116968Exhibition of the work of Howell Killick Partridge & Amis, held at the Heinz Gallery, 21 Portman Square, London

 
RIBA116969Exhibition of the work of Howell Killick Partridge & Amis, held at the Heinz Gallery, 21 Portman Square, London

 
RIBA116970Exhibition of the work of Howell Killick Partridge & Amis, held at the Heinz Gallery, 21 Portman Square, London


RIBA116971Exhibition of the work of Howell Killick Partridge & Amis, held at the Heinz Gallery, 21 Portman Square, London

 
RIBA116972Exhibition of the work of Howell Killick Partridge & Amis, held at the Heinz Gallery, 21 Portman Square, London

 
RIBA116973Exhibition of the work of Howell Killick Partridge & Amis, held at the Heinz Gallery, 21 Portman Square, London


RIBA116974Exhibition of the work of Howell Killick Partridge & Amis, held at the Heinz Gallery, 21 Portman Square, London

 
RIBA116975Exhibition of the work of Howell Killick Partridge & Amis, held at the Heinz Gallery, 21 Portman Square, London

 
RIBA116976Exhibition of the work of Howell Killick Partridge & Amis, held at the Heinz Gallery, 21 Portman Square, London


RIBA116977Exhibition of the work of Howell Killick Partridge & Amis, held at the Heinz Gallery, 21 Portman Square, London

 
RIBA116978Exhibition of the work of Howell Killick Partridge & Amis, held at the Heinz Gallery, 21 Portman Square, London

 
RIBA116979Exhibition of the work of Howell Killick Partridge & Amis, held at the Heinz Gallery, 21 Portman Square, London