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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RIBA117525Bowland Yard, Kinnerton Street, Belgravia, London

 
RIBA117526Bowland Yard, Kinnerton Street, Belgravia, London

 
RIBA117527Bowland Yard, Kinnerton Street, Belgravia, London


RIBA117528Bowland Yard, Kinnerton Street, Belgravia, London

 
RIBA117529Bowland Yard, Kinnerton Street, Belgravia, London: a living room

 
RIBA117530Bowland Yard, Kinnerton Street, Belgravia, London: a bedroom


RIBA117531Bowland Yard, Kinnerton Street, Belgravia, London: a kitchen

 
RIBA117532Bowland Yard, Kinnerton Street, Belgravia, London

 
RIBA117533Bowland Yard, Kinnerton Street, Belgravia, London


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RIBA117535Bowland Yard, Kinnerton Street, Belgravia, London

 
RIBA117536Bowland Yard, Kinnerton Street, Belgravia, London


RIBA117537Bowland Yard, Kinnerton Street, Belgravia, London: a living room

 
RIBA117538Bowland Yard, Kinnerton Street, Belgravia, London: a bedroom

 
RIBA117539Bowland Yard, Kinnerton Street, Belgravia, London: a kitchen


RIBA117540Bowland Yard, Kinnerton Street, Belgravia, London

 
RIBA117886Bredon Barn, Bredon, Worcestershire: the restored barn from the south-east

 
RIBA118122Schlumberger, Montrouge, Paris: the open-plan offices


RIBA118146Alison and Peter Smithson in their garden at Chelsea, London

 
RIBA119229Insititute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) Gallery, Nash House, Carlton Terrace, The Mall, London: the restaurant with detail of the bench seating

 
RIBA119292Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, South Kensington: the central hall from the flying staircase


RIBA119919Paddington Station, London: the train shed roof

 
RIBA119920Paddington Station, London: the train shed with four Inter-City 125 trains lined up

 
RIBA119921Paddington Station, London: the office windows beneath the transept arch with their balconies


RIBA119922Paddington Station, London: the 'nave' gable of the train shed with its strap iron ornament

 
RIBA119923Paddington Station, London: the train shed looking along one of the platforms

 
RIBA119924Paddington Station, London: the train shed showing the cast iron supporting column


RIBA119925Paddington Station, London: detail of gantry above the railway line

 
RIBA119926Paddington Station, London: detail of an unaltered column base

 
RIBA119927Paddington Station, London: detail of skewback and bracking supporting a rib with oak packing to the joints


RIBA119928Paddington Station, London: detail of 'tear drop' beneath a girder

 
RIBA119929Paddington Station, London: detail of a cast iron capital bolted to a column top

 
RIBA119930Paddington Station, London: the train shed looking north across one or two transepts


RIBA119931Paddington Station, London: the train shed looking north across one or two transepts

 
RIBA119932Paddington Station, London: detail of the wrought iron ribs with foliage de coration bolted on

 
RIBA119933Paddington Station, London: detail of the ribs supporting the transept roof