I agree with you, Chris - and from the photos, beautifully scaled, integrated in design, detailed and built. It is rich in ideas look effortlessly resolved
everything's pretty good about this, except
that flimsy cross bracing, apparently fixed through the plaster (though i'm sure it isn't !). All a bit scary!
From the illustrations here it is difficult to find a single good thing to say about these proposals. Four rectangular blocks, which have almost nothing to do with each other, are jammed along the site edges. The corners of the site look unconsidered in plan and really crude in massing, form, elevations, scale and relationship to context. No doubt Rogers will claim that the proposal is designed to act as a quiet contrast to the flamboyance of the Ark. What it looks more likely to do
is to demonstrate the vast gap between the Ark's creative response to the tough problems of urban edge architecture and the lumpen and insensitive current proposals.
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Embodied energy, for example?
Does Anyone want this 'thing', apart from the developer and the architects?
The inventors of the Q-tip should sue Fosters for plagiarism.