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Tate Modern is not all it's cracked up to be

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It seems to me that the 'success' of the new Tate Modern owes more to great PR than good design.

The architectural intervention is nihilistic rather than contextual and works against Gilbert Scott's original rather than with it.

It is difficult to comprehend how the original great central space could be reduced to such a joyless box but here it is. In an effort to stamp their 'minimalist' mark the architects make spaces which are devoid of personality and extremely crudely detailed.

Why can't the cafe be accessed directly from the river?

Why can't you see the Thames and St Paul's from the roof without getting in a queue? Why can't you see where you're going and how to get there without having to ask? Why is the main design stairway tucked in a corner? What on earth is that on the chimney? Why is it a joy to leave rather than a delight to linger?

Alan Dunlop , received on the online Discussion Forum Visit www. ajplus. co. uk to read responses to this letter or to add to the debate

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