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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RIBA125123Model of housing block, Lion Green Road, Coulsdon, Croydon, London

 
RIBA125124Model of housing block, Lion Green Road, Coulsdon, Croydon, London

 
RIBA125125Model of housing block, Lion Green Road, Coulsdon, Croydon, London


RIBA125126Model of housing block, Lion Green Road, Coulsdon, Croydon, London

 
RIBA125127Model of housing block, Lion Green Road, Coulsdon, Croydon, London

 
RIBA125128Model of housing block, Lion Green Road, Coulsdon, Croydon, London


RIBA125129Drawings of the New College or Barry Buildings, Dulwich College, London: view of central block and chapel in a park setting

 
RIBA125130Drawings of the New College or Barry Buildings, Dulwich College, London: view of part of cloisters and secondary wings

 
RIBA125131Drawings of the New College or Barry Buildings, Dulwich College, London: view of tower from inner court


RIBA125132Drawings of the New College or Barry Buildings, Dulwich College, London: view of chapel gable

 
RIBA125133Drawings of the New College or Barry Buildings, Dulwich College, London: view of doorway

 
RIBA125134Drawings of the New College or Barry Buildings, Dulwich College, London: view of staircase from entrance hall


RIBA125135Drawings of the New College or Barry Buildings, Dulwich College, London: view of interior of library

 
RIBA125136Two sketches: half-elevation of a rusticated arch with Tuscan column and an elevation of two half-bays and a pier of a gallery facade

 
RIBA125137Design for the facade of the Galerie de la Reine (now Galerie de Diane) at the Chateau of Fontainebleau


RIBA125138Design for the dome and lantern of the central staircase pavilion of the corps-de-logis at the Chateau of Montceaux

 
RIBA125139Design for a square-headed door or gate, rusticated, with heavy voussoirs and a triangular pediment supported on consoles

 
RIBA125140Elevation of the west facade of the jeu-de-paume (real tennis court) at the Chateau of Fontainebleau


RIBA125141Section of the interior of the jeu-de-paume (real tennis court) looking towards the tripartite window of the south facade at the Chateau of Fontainebleau

 
RIBA125142Elevation of the south facade of the jeu-de-paume (real tennis court) at the Chateau of Fontainebleau

 
RIBA125143Elevation of a house of five bays, two storeys, attic and high-pitched roof


RIBA125144Elevation of a domed paviion with lantern

 
RIBA125145Plan and side elevation of a Greek-cross church with dome and double tetrastyle portico; at bottom right, part of a masonry detail

 
RIBA125146Elevation and section of two centralised churches with domes and in bottom left, part of another dome and lantern


RIBA125147Copy of an engraving of a tomb by Jacques I Androuet du Cerceau

 
RIBA125148Copy of an engraving of a tomb by Jacques I Androuet du Cerceau

 
RIBA125149Copy of an engraving of a tomb by Jacques I Androuet du Cerceau


RIBA125150Half-elevation of an arched entrance with pediment supported on banded composite columns

 
RIBA125151Design for a chateau or city gate and drawbridge

 
RIBA125152Entrance elevation of a grotto with a dome open at the top


RIBA125153Design for the entrance to a fortress

 
RIBA125154Engraving by Jacques I Androuet du Cerceau from his 'Fragments antiques' (1550)

 
RIBA125155Elevation of a pavilion with an arcade on the ground storey and double flight of steps leading to arched entrances in an elaborate upper storey; over the central niche are the French royal arms and in the niche a classical bust


RIBA125156To the left: half-elevation of entrance and one window bay of a house, the entrance pediment decorated with military trophies; to the right: half-elevation of an arched entrance with rectangular superstructure supported on consoles and flanked by Doric pilasters (see RIBA125162 for half-elevation facing the courtyard)

 
RIBA125157Perspective elevation of part of a facade showing half of an arched entrance with a window above and one bay to left, with superimposed orders of pilasters

 
RIBA125158Elevation of part of an elaborately rusticated and sculptured facade