Alan Dunlop's Comments
Comment on: The Stirling Prize was right to ignore the Scots
Agreed. It's rediculous that 13 projects have been shortlisted once again, it devalues the prize and many of us, not just Scots* have thought so for quite some time. Four projects can justifyably be included this year as the best of architecture in Scotland. Dundee House Museum Of Scotland Hillhead Primary Edinburgh University. * I'm Scottish too
I can't speak for their morals but as far as commerce and architecture is concerned, Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire is not really part of Scotland. It's frankly an independent state. They do things differently there. The architects, with a the exception of Gokay Deveci, in the city don't really engage with the rest of the country and don't need to. As a consequence it's hard (impossible) to find a building in the city centre that you could direct an architect visitor intersted in good design to go see , I've struggled many times. As far as applications being rejected by self interested councillors, in Aberdeenshire the opposite was true when Trump's proposals were approved.
These images have just been published, as part of the public consultation required in the run up to making a significant planning application. So it is the first time many of us have seen them and I'd say without exception the opinion, not just of architects, is that the project as presented is brutal pastiche and shockingly insensitive to the uniqueness of the landscape . The other weirder part of this is that the project as presented in these two drawings should be supported so wholeheartedly by the RIAS. As for the A+DS, they have not yet commented on the project as now presented but to their credit they have be critical in the past, so I'll look forward to what they will say now. As for procurement being parochial, we fankly need a bit more of that in Scotland, so that some of our best Scottish architects (and I would include Gareth in that, of course) can have a decent chance to secure public projects and make shortlists without being the token Scot there just to make up the numbers.
Well, as you know, for a project like this situated on such a wonderful, unique and ancient landscaped (now renamed the GREAT DOOONES of SCATLAND) all images should be hand drawn.
This has nothing to do with Scotland, I think you'll find the majority of architects here think it bizarre, despite the RIAS endorsement.
mmm..........apart from the removal of the fish, having visited I think that the big moves work well. My kids loved the main hall, I thought it impressive and for the first time I was interested to move up to the upper floors.
This is clearly and exceptional project, beautifully executed and photographed and as clear an example as any what can be achieved when councils and business groups have the confidence to commission a very talented young "local" architect, Robin Lee......... instead of looking to always sign up an international name.
Wild cards Centre for Competative Design Niall McLaughlin Lawson Park Sutherland Hussey Shettleston HA Elder and Cannon Sevenoaks School of Performing Arts Tim Ronalds Rothschild Foundation Stephen Marshall Bourne Hill Offices Stanton Williams
I think Chipperfield was poorly served last week by Joseph Rykwert's workmanlike review of the Hepworth Gallery, this in comparison is very well written indeed and a pleasure to read. It's also concise and written by someone who obviously understands the city, the river and the competititon process for major building projects in a city looking for European recognition. I now agree the appointment of Hadid was right for Glasgow but that does not make the project design any less bizarre. As for the quality of the detailing, we'll see tonight though it does look incredible, I agree
Comment on: ADAM unveils huge Dover homes masterplan
"Stands the Church clock at ten to three? And is there honey still for tea?"
beautifully resolved project.
Nice door access control, I'm told
Entry forms can now be submitted up until the 14th January. There is a backlog of post at RGI, due to the severe weather.
Yes indeed, it would be a great pity.......... but that was the plan. Striking building, perhaps if Ian reads this he could let us know?
Comment on: Facing up to Mackintosh
Actually, there has been quite a bit of discussion among architects in Glasgow and genuine concern, although a reluctance to set anything down in print. Which is understandable, maybe given the international reputation of Holl. However, Curtis is a much respected critic and writer and make a number of very valid points particularly regarding daylight. Mackintosh brings light into his building in a very subtle way, I don't think that can be said of the proposal as it stands at the moment. As for the extent of the highly reflective front to the south on Renfrew Street, the elevation does dominate and I wonder what sunlight bouncing of the glass that will do to the north light coming into the GSA. All of us in Glasgow want this building to be a success, absolutely but it would be wrong to equate silence with contentment or positive feeling.
Comment on: AJ exclusive: interview with Zaha Hadid
‘MAXXI cannot be drawn. Nobody has that technique. It’s lost. You rely on very steady hands, inking and transfers. All these techniques have been substituted by other things.’ Oh, really.
Having now visited the exhibition, my opinion has not changed, in fact it has grown much stronger. The only project that stands up to real scrutiny is, in my opinion by Sutherland Hussey. It is well resolved, realisable and disciplined. It also has depth in detail which is not immediatly obvious from the published computer generated image, the resolution of the glazed veil for example. What is most depressing is the emphasis the architects have placed on the immediate impact of the uber realsitic cgi's. The public's favourite seems to be an image of space ship as museum, with admittedly an interesting section but with what looks like a single point of entry and exit, how on earth will that work Scotty? Another project inspired by a Scottish bluebells has also caught the public imagination particularly its flawless seamless glass which cannot be cleaned without, in my opinion undertaking a major engineering operation. During this phase of public consultation these cgi's seem to be worth their weight in gold for they have have convinced visitors and posters on the official website that the most implausible and frankly dumb proposal is possible and seem dynamic, affordable and achievable.
I agree, though it reminds me very much of their Loch Ard boathouse. Nevertheless it is the only credible project and you have to wonder what was the brief set for the other contestants. Three of the projects could never be built within a budget of £150 million never mind £50 Million, in my opinion. So at the risk of sounding once more parochial you have very good project, well considered, well designed and by a leading Scots practice, they should get it. Will they?
What's Dundonian for Pure Mental?
Comment on: McManus Galleries, Dundee, by Page\Park
Was there myself recently. The project is beautifully executed and I doubt if there is another practice that could have done in better. Much credit to P/P and to Karen Nugent.
Comment on: RMJM loses raft of top names
No review? It's not that far away surely? This year Scott Sutherland will run a two year masters course with units led by, Gokay Deveci, Neil Gillespie and myself. You can see work done last year, designing a new island town here: www.newcrammondisland.co.uk No computers in my unit, from now on only hand drawings Alex Green above was a particularly excellent draughtsman.
Comment on: Design a Roof: A home for Boris
very clever, great drawings.
I think you both should declare an interest. I fail to see how the removal of the legally protected title could be beneficial to architects, particularly as there are many of us who do not wish to be part of the RIBA.