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Grimshaws deserves a rocket for space centre

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I am not normally given to written splenetic but Jeremy Melvin's effusive critique of Grimshaws' National Science Centre takes the biscuit.

How many more apologies for this brand of soulless determinism will we have to be subjected to before the architectural community realises the folly of this kind of construction.

The building is neither spatially nor spiritually uplifting;

allusions to the work of Pugin do no favours; and comparing the interiors to post-war Scandinavian civic buildings insults the memory of Aalto, Jacobsen et al.

Put a big rocket in a big space and it will impress; wrapping it in an ETFE chrysalis adds nothing to the experience and serves only to iterate the paucity of the palette that the High-Tech community has to hand.

Andrew Budd RMJM London

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