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Astragal: Point of interest

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These are stirring times for Docklands-based Ian Ritchie, whose 20-strong practice can currently do little wrong. It is about to submit a detailed planning application for what will almost certainly be the most spectacular shopping centre in Britain, close to the bbc at White City in West London, for client Chelsfield. This picks up where his Leipzig exhibition hall left off, and includes two transport interchanges and a novel approach to retail layout - shopping as street life and exhibition rolled into one. If that were not enough, the practice has won several other competitions, most notably the monument to the Irish peace process, to be located in Dublin. Doubtless a friendly name will emerge for the stainless-steel cone (like the 'floozie in the Jacuzzi' sobriquet of a local sculpture). So far the scheme has been christened by local wags as the 'stiletto in the ghetto'.

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