Poor Patrick Hodgkinson! Despite Allied London's enlightened patronage in appointing the original architect to carry out modifications to his ownbuilding, the Twentieth Century Society feels that this is not good enough and wishes to interfere by having the building listed (News , aj 3.2.00).
It would be sad, but not entirely unpredictable, if English Heritage took this view. What is particularly depressing is that the Twentieth Century Society is taking the lead in this. I thought it was there to champion the ideals of modern architecture which, among other things, is about the ability of buildings to adapt to changing requirements.
Surely its members, of all people, know that listing only preserves the status quo and does nothing to encourage new and exciting designs to come forward.
If the society can't trust the original architect to meddle with his own creation, it should at least have the decency to talk to him before condemning it. The Brunswick Centre is not, as Patrick says, 'a Monument', but it is a living, breathing building that needs a helping hand, not preserved for our 'heritage'. How depressing.
Tom Jestico, Jestico + Whiles Architects, London NW1