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Not so great


Foster & Partners was on the receiving end of a pretty hostile crit of its Great Court.

Not from the judges, who were universally admiring of its roof, detail and complexity. But three other critics filmed on the night were dismissive, much preferring Bill Dunster's BedZED.

In particular, Hugh Pearman from the Sunday Times said he had come to like the Great Court less and less, while Tom Dyckhoff from The Times condemned the whole project, other than the roof.Ouch!

But then Foster is so good that he is judged more harshly than other architects. He'll be back. Eric Parry was on the receiving end of some one-line criticism from the judges (the building is supposed to be corporate, for God's sake), but the dinner guests Lord Macintosh and critic Peter York came to the rescue with some thoughtful comments on the nature of facades, heritage and Modern workspaces.The scheme was highly commended in the British Council for Offices Awards last week, by the way.

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