Robert Wakeham's comments
It looks very much as if Piano, Sellar + co believe that they can 'push the boundaries' of the notion that the areas immediately around the larger London stations are ripe for high-rise office clusters, so the familiar spokesperson-speak of 'consultation blah blah...finest architects...blah blah blah...new landmark...blah blah blah' is entirely predictable.
Yes, some areas - notably. Praed Street - around the station are really quite unpleasant, but that's no reason for the planners to open the floodgates to this sort of massive step change in scale & character - it isn't as if Paddington is a derelict brownfield site.
Image #2 - the street level view - calls to mind some of Karen Cook's responses in the interview published on 'we are trying to look at the building, which could house up to 12,000 people, in a more humanist way'
In fact, it'll be a massive, inscrutable, people-stacking lump, however glossy - and is utterly alien to the scale, variety and real 'humanism' of the buildings in the foreground.
Perhaps these uneconomic relics of the 'old order' will eventually be cleared away - with the street transformed to a 'humanist' canyon?
Sitting, as they are, on some juicy London real estate, I'm surprised that the governors haven't decided to flog the lot - and decamp to cheaper pastures where, with the proceeds, they could build a truly magnificent monument to their genius - how about Canvey Island?
They could prove to be in the vanguard of a new trend in higher education - the University of the West of Scotland is proposing to close its Hamilton campus and move to a business park on the M8,
It's a brave new world, for sure.
A welcome sign of civilisation in the city of light.
I'm puzzled by the comment from an expert bridge designer that urban locations call for more urban visual themes, because I think that the very 'lightness' of the chosen design is very much in its favour, to minimise the obstruction to vistas along the river.
The houses in the third photo appear to be looking straight into each other.
Anyone get the impression that Boris thinks he's Teflon coated?
Good to see positive comments on an elegant, practical and ingenious design for a genuinely worthwhile project that really will be a public asset.
Two scandals - a crooked council administration, and gross failure to recognise the benefits of repair and conservation (including that of the community) rather than 'clear felling' and replanting.
If this affair reflects the overall competence and integrity (or, rather, lack thereof) of Lambeth Council, there's a case to be made for it to be put into 'special measures'.
An estuary airport might be the right long-term strategy for London, but it looks mighty like the wrong long term strategy for the rest of Britain's population - which, unfortunately, lies to the other side of London.