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Spare a thought for the 'everyday mundane'

The HQ building in Preston by Studio BAAD (AJ 9.1.03) is a laudable creation, interpreting low-tech materials and construction technique to produce a fantastically rigorous design and image, all for around £300/m 2! Although the apron detail of gravel against a rainscreen wall reminds me of those heady days in the 1980s when the posse of young blood was constructing buildings alongside the master at Stockley Park.

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