Gordon Shrigley Architect, has a wide range of completed buildings to his name, from warehouse conversions and major new residential projects to modern detached houses. His skills and approach to architecture are shaped by many years of experience in renowned practices, including Allies & Morrison Architects, Edward Cullinan & Partners and Andrew Gollifer Associates. He is also a long term member of the Hackney Design Review Panel and a Trustee of the charity St. Margaret's House in Bethnal Green, London.
I recently signed a petition against this development, as I live locally and imagined that the proposed scheme would be a travesty of the original gas holder structure. Having now seen the proposal however, its looks very good and at first glance incorporates the existing structure into the design rather well and also appears to create a very useful social space next to the canal.
It would indeed be a great pity to demolish this significant post-war building, as one would of hoped that the buildings owner would of had a more enlightened outlook, both to the green benefits of an environmental led retrofit, but also to keeping and cherishing such a significant modernist building.
An interesting scheme, in a very demanding location.
Rather a pity though, that the proposed roof design appears not to have received the level of consideration given to the facades.
I could imagine a more sculptural roof, that could enter into a more interesting visual dialogue with the adjacent buildings.
Rather a poor attempt, as this weak aping of the form of the truly extraordinary Media Centre speaks volumes and clearly lacks tectonic rigour and may also suggest lamentably, the inability of the Architect to say anything original.
Strange to situate the history of the car, that speaks so clearly of the futurist inspired desire for speed, sex and ultimately death, within a rather twee landscape that appears to seek to deny the cars ultimate urbanity and also to greenwash, simply by an overabundance of green stuff, its deleterious effects on our lungs and the planet.
Why are architects always so unwilling to explore such themes?