The British public is strongly in favour of traditional architecture, according to a YouGov poll released today on the eve of the Stirling Prize
More than 75 per cent of people said they prefer more traditional styles, while only 23 per cent said they liked contemporary styles.
The results of the poll, which questioned 1,042 people and was commissioned in collaboration with traditional practice Robert Adam Architects.
People were given the choice of four buildings in response to the question: ‘Please imagine a new building is planned to be built near where you live. Four different designs are proposed. Please look at the designs below. Which one would you most like to be built near you?’.
The list included David Adjaye’s Rivington Place, Shoreditch and a Robert Adams designed office block in Piccadilly.
Robert Adam, director of traditional Robert Adam Architects, said: ‘I don’t suppose that it will change how most architects design but now at least they know that they’re doing it in the face of popular disapproval. People made to look foolish by objecting will know that they are not alone. Architects should be designing for the people who have to live with their buildings and so let’s hope that they do take notice. Being traditional doesn’t mean you can’t be original and modern.’
Speaking to the AJ he insisted that the survey was not carried out to coincide with the Stirling Prize. He said: ‘It was done for a Westminster City Council architecture debate earlier this week. It’s just an unlucky, or lucky depending which side you stand on, coincidence that its release was on the eve of the Stirling Prize.’