1597. The year Hardwick was built.
Like the Shard in London today or the Crystal Palace in 1851, Hardwick is a grand example of its period’s innovation.
The new Hall was designed to symbolise wealth and status, and the architect Robert Smythson pushed boundaries in its design. It boasts more glass than used in a property before. Not only is Hardwick symmetrical from the front, but is symmetrical from all four sides.
From outdoor exhibitions of contemporary artworks, pop up workshops, tours & talks and guided walks – we’re looking at Hardwick from a different view this year.
Designed by the architect Robert Smythson at a time when architecture was not a concept.
This year, the anniversary of Robert Smythson – we celebrate the men who built Hardwick; we’re looking at the story behind the stone.