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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RIBA125050Planning Your Neighbourhood exhibition panel: panel 9

RIBA125051County of London Plan exhibition: the Community of Eltham panel

RIBA125052Diagram showing The Needs of the Family in a booklet entitled 'The Home of the Citizen' by Elizabeth E. Halton

RIBA125054Topographical drawing of a Byzantine capital

RIBA125055Designs for a tapestry entitled 'The Forest', designed for Alexander Ionides: coloured sketch for a peacock

RIBA125056Santa Maria Maggiore, Rome: detail of mosaic pavement

RIBA125057Elevation of a pavilion (with wing in section) and part of the court facade of a chateau, the latter highy decorated and with window bays flanked by gigantic herms

RIBA125058Half-elevation of a rusticated entrance [left]; unfinished alternative design for the entrance at left [upper right]; sketch of a pavilion of 3 storeys and an attic surmounted by a domed roof and lantern [lower right]

RIBA125059Profile and half-elevation of a doorway of complicated design with elaborate decoration

RIBA125060Two designs for the upper part of door cases

RIBA125061Elevation, with plan beneath, of a door and profile of the same

RIBA125062Elevation of the central door and 1 window bay of a single-storey facade with balustrade above, broken by a central motif with cupola and lantern over

RIBA125063Half-elevation of the 2-storey facade of a fantasy design for a Roman civic building with a large central arch in each storey, square niches and pediments of fantastic design

RIBA125064Rough elvation and details of one 2-storey bay of the Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana on the Piazzetta, Venice

RIBA125065Zecca, Venice: elevation and details of one two-storey bay

RIBA125066Detailed drawing of part of the garden front of the Chateau of Verneuil-sur-Oise

RIBA125067Elevation of a town house with 2 storeys of 3 bays and 1 attic dormer above the centre

RIBA125068Elevation of part of Lescot's building at the south-west corner of the courtyard of the Old Louvre, Paris

RIBA125069Elelvation of a 3-storey building with two shops under an arcade on the ground floor

RIBA125070Elevation of part of one of the court facades of the Chateau of Charleval

RIBA125071Elevation of two bays of a two-storey facade with attic, possibly connected with projects for the Chateau of Charleval

RIBA125072Elevation of a 3-storey pavilion with a double-arched central entrance and one-and-a-half bays of a 2-storey adjacent wing

RIBA125073Alternative designs (right an left) connected with the Porte Baptistere of the Cour de l'Ovale, Fontainebleau

RIBA125074Interior of a room showing two panels and a doorway

RIBA125075Design for the central staircase pavilion of the corps-de-logis at the Chateau of Montceaux

RIBA125076Designs for Fairacres, Roehampton Lane, Wandsworth, London, for C. F. Kearley Ltd: bird's-eye perspective from the west

RIBA125077Designs for Fairacres, Roehampton Lane, Wandsworth, London, for C. F. Kearley Ltd: perspective pf a view of the northern wing

RIBA125078Designs for Fairacres, Roehampton Lane, Wandsworth, London, for C. F. Kearley Ltd: perspective looking towards the entrance front from Roehampton Lane

RIBA125079Design for a churchyard cross in memory of Edward Bouverie Pusey, Ascot, Berkshire

RIBA125080Designs for a large house, Normanby or Butterwick, Lincolnshire: ground floor plan

RIBA125081Designs for a large house, Normanby or Butterwick, Lincolnshire: alternative ground floor plan

RIBA125082Designs for the Roman Catholic Cathedral Church of the Sacred Heart, New Delhi: perspective

RIBA125083Design possibly for a wallpaper showing acorns and oak leaves

RIBA125084Presentation drawings of 'Balanced Scheme' for new buildings for the University of London, Bloomsbury, London: Malet Street elevation

RIBA125085Presentation drawings of 'Balanced Scheme' for new buildings for the University of London, Bloomsbury, London: Russell Square elevation

RIBA125086Conjectural reconstruction of the Temple of Fortune and its surroundings, Palestrina (formerly Praeneste): plan