Hope they're paying Zumthor some royalties.
Rubbish. Save the Futurist. They do it all the time in London, where designers and developers have the skill and ambition to take on the challenge.
Not content with ruining Liverpool’s historic waterfront, this same gruesome architect-developer pairing now wants to demolish Liverpool’s beautiful historic buildings?! Together with the LJMU / Places Matter / Council love-in, this whole thing is bordering on corruption, and deserves a judicial review at the High Court, in the interests of the city and its people.
Neptune Developments are a harmful, crass, and despicable small-time outfit and I pray that they go out of business, along with Broadway Malyan. And judging by the amount of their horrible Mann Island waterfront properties that remain on the market -clearly unappreciated by proud Scousers with more taste- let’s hope they’re on their way down already.
Yes these guys have been swotting up on what's trendy. Black houses are indeed the current design fashion.
Great stuff. Well done guys.
Prefer this to the previous designs.
Still doubt it will get built.
But well done to the guy for demonstrating a bit of architectural spirit, in the grim world of property development.
Sole Practitioner 1 - Big Commercial Practice 0.
Good strong concept here, difficult to do with volume housebuilders, let alone social/affordable housing.
Arguably FAT should've taken it the whole way instead of giving detail design and delivery to another architect.
Maybe they're too busy with all their blogging, tweeting, and theorising to care about stages F-L, which is a shame, as this is where things like gas meters and alarms and all the real stuff can be integrated into the concept if one guy has ownership from concept to completion - perhaps concealed behind another frilly timber panel, for example.
But overall it's a good effort. Easy and predictable for snobbish architects to complain about the details, and the taste, but compare this to your average Noddy Box and it's clear that anything that raises awareness and gives the public other options in new volume housebuilding has to be commended.
I grew up with kids like these, in one of the most deprived neighborhoods in the North West, which is a lot more insight and 'engagement' than most architects will ever have.
Naturally many architects are from leafy suburbs, and love to theorise in journals and talk about 'community engagement', imagining they can make a difference. But I know that there will always be kids who want to smash things up - just for a laugh, nothing more. Given the chance, they will take it. They don't care about 'architecture' or 'society', or anything, and never will. There is not much that architects can do about it.
"People who have a stake in their society, protect that society, but when they don't have it, they unconsciously want to destroy it." Martin Luther King Jr.