Phantom Architecture


Day course

Philip Wilkinson

28 September 2021


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Some of the world’s most amazing buildings were never actually constructed. From a four-storey building in the shape of an elephant in central Paris to a pyramid towering over north London, from Chicago’s mile-high tower to Moscow’s ‘horizontal skyscrapers’, they are bizarre, sometimes over-ambitious, but always intriguing.

This course explores their fascinating stories, reveals the architectural thinking behind them and explains the varied reasons why they stayed on the drawing board.

Tutor information

Philip Wilkinson is the author of many books on architecture and history.  He wrote a series of books to accompany the BBC2’s series Restoration and Restoration Village, and is the author of The English Buildings Book (published by English Heritage) and Fifty Architecture Ideas You Really Need To Know (Quercus).  When not writing, he explores buildings ceaselessly, recording some of his discoveries on his blog ( and gives talks on architectural subjects.

Covid information

Dillington House wishes to reassure everyone that we are working closely with Somerset County Council to ensure every measure is being taken to make Dillington House a safe place for everyone.

All course participants will be sent further guidance prior to the course date.

Dillington House is following Government guidelines and adhering to new guidance including local or national lockdowns.

All places booked can be transferred or refunded in the event this course is cancelled. Individuals who are affected by local lockdowns will be able to transfer to an alternative course. All other terms and conditions apply.