Unsupported browser

For a better experience please update your browser to its latest version.

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

We'll assume we have your consent to use cookies, for example so you won't need to log in each time you visit our site.
Learn more

Not so great

  • Comment
astragal

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.

  • Comment

Have your say

You must sign in to make a comment

Please remember that the submission of any material is governed by our Terms and Conditions and by submitting material you confirm your agreement to these Terms and Conditions.

Links may be included in your comments but HTML is not permitted.