Architect Director, One-world design:
No mention of structural /cost viability or disproportionate collapse issues requiring alterations to the existing - I suspect the amount of units achievable is somewhat less than predicted but nonetheless this could lead to some interesting solutions (in an almost Archigram kind of way-hopefully!)
Its a beautiful piece of craftsmanship, a hide tide mark in workspace design, the epitome of corporate architecture. For £1,300,000,000 that is how it should be. Foster were the right architects for this project and have proven that with the right budget and their approach this kind of building can be built in the UK. However.... As with so many great buildings in history they represent the epoch in which they were created. This building represents, in my view, a soon to be outdated mode of hard nosed corporate power and is in essence the very best of how things used to be done. Starting from first principles today, with the same budget, would any large business with a long term eye on Global Warming and sustainability, staff working and lifestyle changes, advancing communications technology and long term energy security do this again? I don't believe so and am excited to see, post Google and Apple HQ, where these types are issues take us - maybe not as far as Bourneville but perhaps a few more steps towards it.
Agree with Simon. Yes Kahn has been a bit flip-floppy but that was probably genuine uncertainty as what would be the best thing to do with the utter mess that Johnson left him. Ultimately this shower sits with Johnson personally, his deputy mayor, the garden bridge trustees and (a reluctant inclusion) Heatherwick. God help our economy if imminent events lead to BJ's installation as PM.
very nice. hope planning consent is granted
Comment on: Could you live in OFIS’s 30m² micro-home?
It may be fun for a weekend getaway in the forest or mountains but I do wonder what long term health implications there are for anyone living in such small spaces for the long term.