Last week, a second scathing attack took place on Will Alsop’s architecture within the walls of the Royal Academy
Back in 2004, Graham Morrison of Allies and Morrison criticised ‘bad icons’ and the new wave of blobs at a party celebrating architecture’s showing in the RA’s Summer Exhibition. All eyes turned to Alsop as Morrison railed against schemes designed with ‘unnecessarily distorted shapes at the expense of the public realm’. Weeks later, Alsop’s design for the Fourth Grace in Liverpool was scrapped.
Fast-forward to the same party this year, and Make founder Ken Shuttleworth also had a wee pop at Royal Academician Alsop, naming him as one of the architects guilty of designing buildings that try to ‘outdo each other by the complexity of their shape’. Poor Alsop. Hopefully Shuttleworth’s words will not curse any of his current schemes. Oh no, what’s that you say about his proposed redevelopment of Millwall Football Club’s stadium?