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astragal Watching the architectives

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As part of London Open House, 'architectives' (junior building visitors aged between 8 and 14) will be asked intriguing questions if they venture into Foster & Partners' office as part of their mission. When they climb the 'very grand staircase', the quiz document designed by Studio Myerscough asks, 'did it feel like you were arriving at a very important place?'; 'Is it amazing being in such an enormous room?' (when they are in the 'very large space indeed, filled with rows of desks for people to work at'). The killer question is when they're asked to list five words to describe how they (and many of the staff, presumably) feel when they are in the building. Suggestions include 'important', 'scared' and 'curious'. I wonder what they will make of the giant eagles suspended from the ceiling, mock-ups of the Master's redesign of the German symbol for the Reichstag development. Some conservative German commentators claim the eagle is not 'lean and mean' enough. Scary.

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