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Why the holes in Walsall Bus Station?

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A new bus station in Walsall is a relatively rare example of a substantial investment in a building for public transport. As such it shows the almost old-fashioned virtue of a good budget for a good building.

It seems a shame that this budget has been not entirely well-directed. The building is a big slab with holes in it. The big slab is useful in keeping the rain off, so why have big holes that do not? It is interesting to refer to the details to understand how much effort and material is necessary to support this absence - in situ cowl, mastic, flashing, pebble margin, structural elaboration resulting from edge condition, etc.

One assumes that the authors saw these as canons lumieeres; but under a Midlands sky, with a high open sides, these have no effect of light modulation.

Jaimie Shorten, London N16

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