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Reach for the sky

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New designs for the Greater London Authority building unveiled by Foster & Partners this week are further evidence of the interest, one might almost say obsession, the practice has with spiral circulation. The Reichstag is the obvious example, but two London projects (the gla and the lse Library) go one better, taking a spiral ramp right through the building rather than simply in a dome. Add this to Danny Libeskind's Spiral building for the v&a and you have a triumphantly Ruskinian flavour for the new Millennium.

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