I wonder how long it will be before those beautiful white rendered walls of the Beckenham Spa (aj 2.9.99) succeed in tempting the local graffiti artist to display his (or her) talent? Assuming the management do indeed disinfect the water, how apt will Isabel Allen's description 'graffiti- ridden chlorine- saturated municipal baths' be to this new building then?
The building did not just replace a Victorian pool, but two more from this century. Grouped with the library, a modest inter-war building with Art Deco aspirations, and landscaped with trees that have followed the same fate of the previous pools, this was a fine example of early suburban planning. Ms Allen has a clear dislike of Victorian architecture, but to describe the library as a 'nondescript 70s brick box' begs the question, was she actually in Beckenham?
While the style and refreshing Modernism of this building must be applauded, why must we dismiss so much of our profession's heritage? Please can we have a little more respect for architects that have already contributed so much to our built environment.
Ken Trimmer, Beckenham