Any right-minded architect would have designed the grimmest interiors possible for Big Brother ARB to carry out its dementedly ambitious dealings.Young practice de Rijke Marsh Morgan patently hadn't when it made over the Hallam Street bunker. So, as a matter of solidarity, I resisted colleagues blandishments to take a dekko at the practice's website at www. drmm. co. uk.The big attraction to these supporters was the home page where two horizontal boards of simulated timber slid up and down to reveal a simple diagram of the site's structure - five more or less obligatory main headings: 'contacts', 'people', 'press', 'profile', 'projects'. I always get a child-like giggle from pressing the 'press'button on sites because that is what you have to do to the button to get to the press site.
Press 'press' for press.
So I should get out more.
On the dRMM site all that this pressing did was to reveal that articles were 'coming soon'. So maybe in a couple of weeks this very column or not.As usual, 'projects' is where the real meat is stored and is accessed by material, name, type and random slideshow.Strictly speaking, three of the main headings above are redundant: the practice address and details are already on the home page;
press reports are probably only read by the practice itself;
and the staff profiles are nice but plainly there in the cause of reinforcing friendly staff relations.
Couple this with a clunky procedure for getting at the detail, which involves sliding horizontally and pressing a succession of boxes, some of which turn out to be redundant. But despite the parting fake timber boards (I heard indistinct mumbles across the desk about 'irony'and 'flaunt it') that dRMM used on that terrific No 1 Centaur Street by the railway viaduct in south London, you feel this is a friendly and talented practice in need of a website tightening-up. The big pluses are that its site is fast at producing images and is written in plain, comfortable, no-nonsense English.
sutherland. lyall@btinternet. com