Simon Carne's comments
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.
Stick men meet tellitubbies
Isn't Pocket Living just an answer to a very specifically inner urban area problem, for that read London, Birmingham, Manchester. The UK is not short of space for good sized homes at reasonable densities, but lacks well connected places, with the infrastructure, facilities and job opportunities paying decent salaries that make viable liveable neighbourhoods. As architects I suspect we love the challenge of making beautifully crafted flexible space using economy of means. But is this what people want? Invariably they end up having to accept what the housebuilding industry provides, poorly designed and ill considered spaces.
The front wall and four openings are the elements that maintain the joke. "Celebrating it in a contemporary way" could also be a joke. Just not so funny.
Saw it yesterday morning and was glad to see that it wasn't very exciting. I like underground stations to be spacious, clean and legible. After the exceptional Jubilee line extension stations, this seemed to be a reasonable solution good ordinary. As there is more to come it will be interesting to see how the new entrances work and the links to Crossrail are handled, so for now just happy to have a much better station.
Previous comment should be total cost of £10.3m - apologies.