Architect Director, One-world design:
it looks like whoever used to draft the renders for Heatherwick now works at Fosters.
really rather lovely isn't it. good work.
What was Zaha Hadid's turnover when she won the Vitra fire station competion? I'd hazard a guess that it was much less than £550k a year.
All good project start with a good, worthwhile brief - a problem to solve. This thing serves no purpose that isn't already fulfilled or cannot be fulfilled at ground level. Its an egotistical wasteful use materials and a symbol of a bygone look at me, bling, crass age. Its not remotely a tulip - it has no biomimicry qualities whatsoever, it's more akin to cotton bud laden with the translucent pus that has oozed from whatever has just been swabbed. If this gets built anyone concerned with climate change, anyone concerned with sea level rise, anyone concerned with ethics in development should just give up.
For me its black and white - something is either sustainable or its not. Even if the designers make this as sustainable as remotely possible, it is still not sustainable. This is a project that is based on an old economy that no longer exists - I wouldn't be at all surprised if it gets binned after several hundred million pounds are spent.
I think Sadie Morgan is one of the best architects of the past two generations and this one. Despite this I would have thought that anybody on the National Infrastructure Commission board and the practices that they represent should not have any involvement in projects that the board has an influence over - to me this is common sense and should be a prerequisite for being on the board in the first place.