I recently read an advert about puppies for sale, six beautiful puppies and one ugly one. There was an overwhelming desire for the ugly puppy.
However ugly or not one perceives Portcullis House, it seems that Hopkins and Partners has managed to broach the commercial market with the Corbusian principle of manufacturing building in the machine age.
Having read about the materials employed in the mechanical heating and ventilation systems, I can well believe that Hopkins might have managed to create a rare thing today, a building that is ugly to the eye, yet beautiful to the ear.
If this is the case, it is surely only a matter of time to let our eyes adjust to the conflict in vogue; to see the sounds, and hear a building that goes beyond ephemeral fashion.
Fun and joy.
Malcolm Dickson, by e-mail