By continuing to use the site you agree to our Privacy & Cookies policy

Your browser seems to have cookies disabled. For the best experience of this website, please enable cookies in your browser.

Close

Your browser is no longer supported

For the best possible experience using our website we recommend you upgrade to a newer version or another browser.

Close

'Cold' architecture only speaks to the minority

letters

I'm writing in support of Bobby Open's letter (AJ 12.5.05). As a librarian I often see architects' magazines and, for me, a layperson, the world they depict is a million miles from the experience of ordinary people. Who lives in these bare, minimalist modern houses? Certainly you never see any people in the photographs. At the same time, you constantly sneer at the suburbs or commercial housebuilding, an insult to the millions who live happily in these kind of homes.

Let's face it, architecture is for the rich who can afford to build large modern houses and indulge in clean, minimalist interiors. For the majority of people, modern architecture is cold, ugly and alien. But I am sure you will dismiss all this as the rantings of an ignorant philistine and continue to wallow in your cosy little insulated, irrelevant professional world.

Mary Hothams, Teddington

Have your say

You must sign in to make a comment.

The searchable digital buildings archive with drawings from more than 1,500 projects

AJ newsletters