Simon Carne's comments
Thorough and interesting long article let down by a ridiculous headline. Sorry. Seeing the so-called "housing crisis" through the myopia of a London-centric unrepresentative (of UK voters) body of professionals is hardly going to make any difference. Land supply, planning, employment opportunities, transport investment, re-balancing the economy, ditching iconic high profile so called investment, energy policy....etc all have to be considered. A forward looking strategy for the UK is required and the Labour debate has not addressed the bigger problems that we face.
Preston got a lot for its money. £5k for each shortlisted entry I seem to recall. However even if they have strayed over budget and come up with more substantial buildings than the 25 year design life envisaged it is nevertheless great to see such creative responses to such a dramatic building. I voted for 1, which seemed to me to be closest to respecting the bus station and answering the brief.
Agree with Robert and Peter. The Danes (and Swedes) know a thing or two about bridges ......and crime thrillers.
"A suspended stove allows uninterrupted garden views".
The story gets better every day.
Lack of vision could better apply to the whole misconceived project.
So it's also modern methods of construction that will make this white elephant fly. It is incredible that so much public money can be channeled to this frippery. A worthy contender for the pages of the FT How to Spend it magazine, not for the serious subject of building cities for people.
Remember Covent Garden and the Motorway Box. We are now in an era of equivalent nonsensical projects. A robust business case? Like the one for HS2?
Paul Finch hits nail on head (again). Never mind adding the Rosen Ratio to architectural taxonomy, it would be good if a few more submissions to design review thought about the section as an essential part of design. Amazingly the very worst even seem to have avoided drawing one. The high end of design, concert halls, theatres, museums, art galleries depend on an understanding of volume, but everyday building need sections too. The result? - Design so dumbed down by crude area limitations that any opportunity for delight is lost.
Kings College is a very complex set of buildings. The challenge of this site is considerable. Replacement of the existing Victorian unlisted buildings has been inevitable for years. I worked on them in 1989/90 and we argued at the time that the pair of Georgian terraces were also so badly mauled that they were not worthy of retention. I'm not convinced that the proposed replacement is as good as it could be in the hands of this excellent practice.