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Jencks slams Welsh parliament as 'glorified shed space'

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Leading architecture critic Charles Jencks has slammed the design of Richard Rogers Partnership's (RRP) new National Assembly for Wales building in Cardiff.

While discussing work by diploma students at the Royal College of Art last week, Jencks branded the building a 'glorified shed space'.

He compared the building to Enric Miralles and RMJM's Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh, which he praised for its references to 'the origins of democracy'.

Speaking about the Holyrood parliament building, the construction of which was beset by problems, he said: 'While it does have its faults, it is so beyond the Welsh Assembly building, or any democratic forum that I know of.' He praised the Edinburgh building's symbolism and its use of public space, which he believed mirrored the parliament's internal function as a democratic forum.

Jencks added: 'The British are not really willing to pay for architecture, and are against public participation. They want architecture on the cheap. The Welsh Assembly does not address iconographic issues when compared to the Scottish Parliament. It's a utilitarian British shed space.'

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