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The disappointment of Foster's Valencia

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As a Sir Norm fan, I was truly disappointed by the Valencia Congress Centre.

He needs to explain why he considers the Valencia Congress Centre to be 'home-grown' and 'truly local'. It looks to me like assortment of elements from his international works over the last five years or so. (I suspect the students are head down in the 'in house' library)

In particular, the roof (which pays more homage to som's Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition centre than a hopeful comparison with Ronchamp) doesn't hover at all.

Surely the internal soffit should match the external roof zinc profile run, cladding the internal steelwork to form a clearer perception of a 'shell type' arrangement.

This then could be dissociated from the slender column arrangement to hover. As built, there is a particularly clumsy relationship of the soffit to the transverse beams.

I look to Sir Norman for clarity. He's lost me here.

JASON SPEECHLY-DICK

Jjsdwha@aol.com

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