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I turned to Herzog & de Meuron's sketch on the back page of AJ 22.02.07 and was stunned at the intellectual rigour and obvious mastery of design and structural excellence which presented itself to my eyes. As a mere mortal I can only stand humbled at such incisive insight into the functional requirements; and the depth of contextual analysis which must have gone into such a stunningly clear and logical presentation of this design for a bridge across the Manzanares River. I have no doubt that the client was truly astonished at their astuteness in their selection of an architect who could demonstrate such a mastery of his craft.

Full marks to the AJ, which has once again excelled in drawing attention to the elevated plane on which true 'starchitects' such as Herzog & de Meuron express their calling. Such inspiration is timely and necessary in regard to the low esteem in which architects are held by the public and clients alike.

I therefore intend to frame the sketch and hang it on my office wall to demonstrate to our staff the obvious paucity of their design ability, and to our clients the design excellence which we aspire to bring to the project which they have entrusted to us.

John Roberts, Anders Roberts and Associates

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