PYRAMID SCHEME IS GETTING OUT OF HAND
With Herzog & de Meuron's proposed extension to Tate Modern - their second pyramid project - may we ask if we are witnessing the birth of the next architectural fashion?
Gottfried Böhm, Germany's sole winner of the Pritzker Prize, appears on numerous occasions to have prefaced subsequent architectural developments. His seven-storey glass pyramid in the medieval marketplace of Ulm was completed in 2004 and houses the town's central library, virtually adjacent to the Minster. Böhm's drawings beautifully illustrated the relationship of the buildings.
With Herzog & de Meuron's Tate pyramid following on so swiftly from their Courgenay cultural centre pyramid and Foster's soon to be completed Astanda pyramid, we look forward to Hellman's thoughts before it becomes the next post-Bilbao must-have fashion accessory for every regeneration dream.
Peter Bareham, Sussex