garden of cosmic speculation ▴ portrack house, dumfries and galloway, scotland

this 30-acre sculpture garden was designed by landscape architect and theorist charles jencks. it is not abundant with plants, but sets mathematical formulae and scientific phenomena in a setting which elegantly combines natural features and artificial symmetry and curves. the garden is private but opens one day each year through scotland’s gardens scheme and raises money for maggie’s centres, a cancer care charity named for jencks’ late wife.

Today we bring you a new trailer for The Hippopotamus, a film from director John Jencks based on the part-epistolary novel of the same name by Stephen Fry. Roger Allam (The Thick Of It) stars as the titular hippo, a lecherous, alcoholic poet prone to wallowing in long baths. Unable to write neither prose nor poetry, Ted scratches out a living doing broadsheet theatre reviews half-pissed, only to end up getting fired. The official synopsis continues:

Assassin’s Creed Paper Parkour

“Made entirely out of drawings on paper. Drawn with ink on cartridge paper, frame by frame. Post-edited on Premiere.”

Artist: Serene Teh @saggyarmpit

Videography/Post-Editing: Noel Lee

Song: Austin Jenckes - This is My World


How The Leopard Got Its Spots

Lever House is typically considered one of the great success stories of SOM, hailed as the new style of the American corporation when it was completed in 1952. By the 1970s, it had fallen from favor—dismissed by critic Charles Jencks as “background wallpaper and businessman’s vernacular”—yet it later regained its iconic status. Read our story on Medium, which traces Lever House’s circuitous journey.