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Letters: Come back Zaha, save us from crudity

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During the unceremonious dumping of the Zaha Hadid Cardiff Opera House scheme, I watched the ruffled feathers of the architectural elite with a degree of amusement and retained an open mind on the quality of the scheme which was to replace it.

Being a Welshman, I was horrified by the sheer crudity, and mystified by the 'unmistakably Welsh'-ness, of the proposed scheme illustrated in your magazine (aj 26.11.98). Wales is a land of many things, but this design with its absurd literal references to rock strata, tree ferns and the like represents one thing it is not - visually incoherent and lacking in spirit.

MICHAEL GRIFFITHS

London

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