I've been reading more regular dissatisfaction with the work from Foster and Partners. This is most peculiar since Lord Foster was the architects' architect in the AJ100 poll (21.3.02).
The greatest new buildings to adorn England's capital in the past few years are from the Foster office - Canary Wharf Underground station, the Great Court at the British Museum and, at last, the Blade of Light.
Most of Foster's buildings are competent and contain a fair degree of integrity. It seems that the contempt for Foster buildings is not rooted in their design but more in their publicity.
A glance through the publications from the Foster studios gives an insight into the diversity of the work. It is a successful, large practice and ought not be compared with smaller practices. They are heavyweights, while most other architects are lightweight or featherweight by comparison.
It is worth ignoring the hype and calmly coming across a Foster work. One little delight can be found when one wanders off Marylebone High Street into Aybrook Street. I look forward to the time we find ourselves admiring the elegant and sleek lines from inside an affordable housing market dictated by the Foster elegance.
Rose Peeters, Bunwell, Norfolk