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So what did the Magna architects actually do?

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So Tim Caulton (AJ 29.11.01) considers Magna a fine and successful visitor centre/attraction.

Personally I can't comment as I have not yet been.

It does appear that Magna has attracted attention, including some positive critique, and it has won a prestigious award. All very reassuring - good so far. But - and this is quite a big but' - Tony Worthington, on the same letters page, is right to ask what the architects actually did. A reasonable question worthy of a considered response (perhaps from the architects - or were they still recovering? ).

And if Mr Worthington is feeling a bit like the small boy looking at the emperor's new clothes, don't worry, you are not alone - and no, we haven't just fallen out of our prams.

So the jury's out. Messrs Wilkinson and Eyre, let's hear it for the 'architecture' and just that. None of the designer twaddle please, concentrate on the architecture.

Simon Danischewsky, Cambridge

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