Simon Carne's Comments
Comment on: MAXXI museum, Rome by Zaha Hadid Architects
Empty images / dramatic compositions. An "art" building where the artistry is in the forms and any "art" is superfluous?
£5m is a nice round number - possibly some journalistic licence? It would be interesting to know what's in and what if anything is out. Construction on the public highway and probably one of the busiest junctions in London, whilst keeping the traffic moving does not come cheap.
Simple triangular space, logical planning, dense but not cramped. I like the flues - breaking up the roof line but what are they doing? - wood burners / hiding vent stacks? Cant imagine what all the fuss was about.
Comment on: Robert Adam reveals John O'Groats revamp
Why are you giving this space in the AJ? Twee possibly - Scottish? I don't think so, it is a tourist centre attached to a ferry terminal with a large car park. Environmentally, socially and economically sustainable?
Glad to see my old mate Nigel Lees speaking his mind. If you want living walls you have to love them and pay for them. Have a look at the flank wall of the Atheneum hotel in Piccadilly opposite Green park or the restaurant in Drury Lane junction of Russell Street.
Comment on: In pictures: SANAA's Serpentine Pavilion
The concept of a free flowing structure seemingly floating above the grass - undisturbed by the construction process looked better but the result is still the best I've seen.
Taken together with previous weeks offering on Apethorpe Hall (EH as developer), they are classic investigative and unconsciously humorous TV. Particularly liked the squint test applied to a concrete frame when all the subtle colours of brick and fenestration had been just chucked away as if it wasn't part of the original concept. It was also interesting to see the caretaker driving around the streets in the air past what looked like sensitively restored front doors and lots of friendly residents. Next stop Robin Hood Lane?
Comment on: First look: SANAA's Serpentine Pavilion
This one looks well worth waiting for after some recent disappointments.