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True Beauty

Moritz Leuenberger, former Swiss president, exclaimed recently: ‘We are living in a time of trend, but a time of Wahrheit [truth] will come!’

The post-war architecture of Andy MacMillan and Isi Metzstein from the Glasgow office of Gillespie, Kidd & Coia (AJ 25.10.07) is gradually, at least in Great Britain, being realised as an important impulse for the organic continuity of architecture. The sparkle of delight, of ingenuity in design and of ethical principles inherent in the architecture of the Jack Coia office paved a way for the future. Only slowly is the fact being acknowledged.

On the continent, Isi and Andy and their dynamic, brilliantly proportioned architecture is almost unknown. The exhibition which is currently on show at the Lighthouse in Glasgow should be shown elsewhere, for example at the Basel Architecture Museum in Switzerland.

Andy and Isi’s Robinson College, Cambridge (pictured), is an architectural masterpiece built almost entirely of red brickwork. In the backside courtyard the bricks shine in the sun and the brook trembles its watercourse under and through the building structure, reminding that only poetry, in the full sense of the word, can save the world. All we need is architecture, the mother of the arts.

Bryan Cyril Thurston, Uerikon, Switzerland

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