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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RIBA125214Designs for an unexecuted office building, Moorgate, City of London: perspective

 
RIBA125215Designs for an unexecuted office building, Moorgate, City of London: perspective (shaded)

 
RIBA125216Section through the funerary chapel of Diane de Poitiers at the Chateau d'Anet


RIBA125217Elevation of the funerary chapel of Diane de Poitiers at the Chateau d'Anet

 
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RIBA125222Porta del Popolo, Rome: half-elevation and section


RIBA125223Half-elevation of a door (left); half-elevation of proposed main entrance to the Palazzo della Cancelleria, Rome (right)

 
RIBA125224Two half-elevations of doors

 
RIBA125225Two half-elevations of doors


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RIBA125227One half-elevation and one whole elevation of doors; the whole elevation has alternative designs to right and left

 
RIBA125228Contract drawings for alterations & additions to Sunnylands, Bath, for Dr. Strickland Kearney Kingston: plans


RIBA125229Contract drawings for alterations & additions to Sunnylands, Bath, for Dr. Strickland Kearney Kingston: plans of additions

 
RIBA125230Contract drawings for alterations & additions to Sunnylands, Bath, for Dr. Strickland Kearney Kingston: elevations showing additions

 
RIBA125231Church Missionary Society's High School, Lucknow: perspective with ground floor plan


RIBA125232Villa Cambiaso, via Montallegro, San Francesco d'Albaro, Genoa: south elevation

 
RIBA125233Palazzo Pallavicini (also, Palazzo Interiano Pallavicini), piazza Fontane Marose 2, Genoa: north elevation

 
RIBA125234Palazzo del sigr Augustino Palavicino in Strada Nuova (now Palazzo Cambiaso Pallavicini, via Giuseppe Garibaldi 1), Genoa: elevation


RIBA125235Palazzo del Sigr Niccolo Spinola (Palazzo Doria), via Garibaldi 6, Genoa: elevation of principal facade

 
RIBA125236Palazzo del Sigr Andrea Spinola (Palazzo Spinola Gambaro), via Garibaldi 2, Genoa: elevation

 
RIBA125237Palazzo degli signori Giacomo e Pantaleo Balbi (Palazzo Balbi Senarega), via Balbi 4, Genoa: elevation of principal facade


RIBA125238Palazzo del Signor Daniel Spinola (Palazzo Franzone), piazza Luccoli 23, Genoa: elevation

 
RIBA125239Palazzo del sigr Otavio Sauli (Palazzo del Melograno), piazza Campetto 2, Genoa: elevation of the principal facade

 
RIBA125240Palazzo del sigr Luigi Centurione (Palazzo Podesta), via Garibaldi 7, Genoa: elevation of principal facade


RIBA125241Palazzo del sigr Giacomo Saluzzo et del sigr Giovanni Battista Adorno (Palazzo Cattaneo Adorno), via Garibaldi 8 & 10, Genoa: elevation of the principal facade

 
RIBA125242Palazzo del sigr Henrico Salvago (Palazzo Campanella), via Garibaldi 12, Genoa: elevation of the principal facade

 
RIBA125243Palazzo del sigr Babilano Pallavicino (Palazzo Pallavicino), piazza Fossatello 2, Genoa: elevation of the principal facade


RIBA125244Palazzo del sigr Battista Centurione (Palazzo Gio Battista Centurione or Palazzo Centurione Cambiaso), piazza Fossatello 1, Genoa: elevation of the principal facade

 
RIBA125245Chiesa di S Ciro de gli Padri Teatini (Chiesa di San Siro), via San Siro, Genoa: elevation of facade

 
RIBA125246Chiesa dei Santi Ambrogio e Andrea (or Chiesa del Gesu), piazza Matteotti, Genoa: elevation


RIBA125247Chiesa dei Santi Ambrogio e Andrea (or Chiesa del Gesu), piazza Matteotti, Genoa: section through the nave showing the high altar

 
RIBA125248Half-elevation of door (left); three-quarter elevation of door (right)

 
RIBA125249Elevations on to street and on to courtyard, with plan, of the entrance gateway with drawbridge of a town house