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Don't encourage this kind of building

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Surely the aj could spend my subscription money writing about better buildings than Banque Paribas' new London headquarters in Marylebone (aj 29.1.98), 'designed' by The Whinney Mackay-Lewis Partnership? I am unfortunate enough to have to walk past this building often, and it was a relief that your appraisal was intelligent enough to convey how architecturally poor this building is. It embodies some of the worst aspects of architecture today, which are apparent from the article. WMLP obviously has no understanding about the fundamental architectural principles used at Oriel Chambers and Bracken House, and should be ashamed of itself for allowing the integrity of the original speculative scheme to be replaced by cheap 'facade-ism'. The construction in Marylebone is a crude steel frame with a ridiculous wrapping-paper skin stuck over the top, which conceptually could not be further from the two buildings it is stupidly being compared to. The aj should not be encouraging the principles behind this building by publishing it.



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