Robert Wakeham's Comments
Comment on: Highlander. House at Camusdarach Sands by Raw
'Sculptural architecture' involving wrapping timber cladding over the roof, looks as if, even with really careful detailing, it could be a real challenge to keep the building looking sculptural in any climate, let alone what'll get thrown at it at Morar.
Whatever the outcome, it'll be a monument to philistinism if reconstruction of the Euston Arch isn't an integral element in the work.
Comment on: Flood debate: Should we build on floodplains?
The Thames valley tv news footage has clearly demonstrated how some residential areas are inundated with calm water whereas others, presumably nearer the river, are exposed to flowing water - and surely the former would indeed be candidates for floating houses.
Comment on: Fraser rubbishes Scottish Poetry Library revamp
I'd like to know why Fraser and the client 'parted ways'. If the SPL really has outgrown this fine building maybe the ideal would be for it to be sold to someone who'd give it more respect, and for NRS to design a new building - which would hopefully be less of a dog's breakfast than their current proposal, and would better reflect their undoubted design skills.
The smaller central arch accentuates the larger scale of the two side arches, and while the alignment of the piers with those of the adjacent Battersea Railway Bridge is clearly essential, I don't understand why the two 'double span' arches couldn't have been four smaller arches - which would surely have been a more elegant solution and avoided the over-scale and clumsy appearance of the big arches.
There's also the question of whether IKEA stores are truly 'fit for purpose', given their standard design formula with inadequate provision for 'shortcuts' in the upstairs maze leading to unnecessary overcrowding, and failure to provide for acoustic damping in the restaurant creating too much noise for comfort.
Comment on: A steal in steel city: SOAR Works by 00:/
For a different 'take' on the headline illustration see Google Streetview
What would the 'Middlewoods Lock site' route entail, compared with the demolitions and alterations listed above?
'The contractors found their own way' - there's surely an opportunity for research on just how builders over the last century have successfully tackled radical and challenging construction; a few years back at Ronchamp I asked the visitor centre manager who it was that had risen to the challenge of making such a revolutionary design real, but she couldn't enlighten me. The 'knowing how' must have surely uncovered some construction industry geniuses over the years, particularly before the rise of computer aided design.
This is really good news, if it results in the original competition winning scheme - that respects the character of the setting - being realised. It might also go some way to restoring confidence in the governance of Aberdeen city.
Comment on: SHH wins go-ahead for black-fronted Mayfair home
I wonder why this locality was designated a Conservation Area? Variety might be preferable to total uniformity, but isn't an apparently black building here more than slightly incongruous, and arguably just representative of what might well turn out to be a short-lived fashion fad?
Comment on: Euston demolition plans dropped
11 new platforms, but without expanding to the west, and the probably irresistible pressure for over-station development - does this all add up to a multi-layered cavern that fails to learn the lessons of the past?
Comment on: Work to start on 'less radical' George Sq revamp
The whole affair is all the more grubby when you realise that anyone walking around Glasgow city centre rapidly becomes aware that the fine Caithness flag paving in the pedestrianised streets isn't being cared for, and that in some streets the pavements are in such an appalling state that they're wheelchair aggressive and have clearly been neglected for decades. Pedestrians have been further abused in recent years by the arrival of large on-pavement sponsored information / advertising panels that in many places block more than half the pavement width, and create massive and dangerous obstructions to pedestrian visibility. In this context, resurfacing George Square is akin to Nero fiddling while Rome burns.
Good to such architects who can design a new school, to tight budget, so very well. London's gain is Glasgow's loss - the architect comments 'with too many materials you get a fruit salad, you get Building Centre elevations', and the reviewer refers to 'Pseudo-modernismn. CABE-ism. The kind of buildings a wolf could blow down'. A classic example has recently appeared in Great Western Road, Glasgow - St Peter The Apostle High School, Kilbowie, Clydebank. I wonder what Isi Metzstein would've had to say about that confection?
Emblematic of the state of Britain outside London.
Comment on: RMJM legal battle intensifies
Isn't it time RMJM's behaviour attracted the attention of ARB?
Comment on: Plan to save Preston bus station revealed
It'd make a good IKEA within the existing structure and without losing its character.
Comment on: Newt halts work on Ryder's £14m Durham police HQ
For a protected species, the Great Crested Newt seems to be remarkably widely distributed given the frequency with which it's found to be 'in the way of development'.
If only the different factions in the city of Aberdeen (and Holyrood) could bury the hatchet and see their way to resurrecting the fine scheme by Brisac Gonzales, which would be an asset to all (and absolutely worthy of Sir Ian Wood's largesse)