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In the eye of the beholder

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Oddly enough I found the Snohetta site in a specialist web-design magazine. It's not often you find architectural sites discussed in such places. The comment drools, 'It's hard to know whether this URL captivates you for the site design or merely the jaw-dropping architectural achievements.'

Steady on there, I said to myself. The latter may certainly be true but the former encomium is a tad less obvious. The site starts out with a white grid over a pale blue merging into grey background while two black bars indicate the loading up of something, probably the images. A plan of a desert-style building emerges from the evanescent background. Very elegant you say to yourself. And then, when you move the mouse,labels appear, the lower ones in shades of an unpleasant yellow ochre. You move the cursor over them and they start sliding. Aaargh the dreaded slidies.

You finally manage to click on King Abdul Centre for Knowledge and Culture and up comes, not the centre, but a row of big thumbnails starting off with a smiley photo with the caption that Architect Kjetil Troedal has just got a CRNOO (a bit like an CBE) .

Oh, there at number three is the King Abdul jobbie after all and then the fireworks for the Oslo opera opening and then an edge of the next one. But you can't move any thing. Enough. Don't Make Me Think Such Bewildered Thoughts...

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