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  • Comment on: Fate of Brutalist car park sealed as Westminster councillors approve demolition

    job hatch's comment 7 February, 2019 3:46 am

    I created an account just so I could add my 2 cents... ok this was a full on rant. I agree 100% with the author, the owner of this property is making a huge blunder and has obviously onboarded the wrong architects for the job (honestly the firm that designed that new building should be sort of ashamed... the proportions of the proposed look so similar that why on earth wouldn't you integrate the existing shell??), maybe you lose the rear (in photo) split level portion of the building (responding to above commenter) and design something there that would fit elegantly with the rest of the building, and of course introduce storefronts to the ground floor as desired (responding to same poster.... the idea is not to keep it a garage!!! the existing ground floor height looks well higher than the proposed building so it seems like it would make for very superior and desirable commercial storefronts) , but this is an absolutely gorgeous shell and there are a good number of design firms on your side of the pond that I'm sure could transform into the hottest residential / commercial property in the City. It doesn't even seem like a challenging design problem for chris' sake (perhaps the challenge would be accomodating MEPs and life safety into existing level floor plates but I'm sure there are innovative and not so costly ways to do this... and its not like you couldn't cut up the building in smart ways to accomplish). This building is a quilted gem of architectural design... can't someone who lives there locate the owner and send them some images?... I mean look at the Prada Tokyo is the first thing that comes to mind but probably many exemplars. I'm not going to harp on the Planning council who is doing a disservice to the city... honestly the onus is on english architects as a whole... can't anybody reading this step up to the plate and try to change the owners mind on this? What a goof, what a folly, what a waste of money, what a missed opportunity and seemingly poor investment to not make use of most of the existing structure (even if just keeping the front 2/3 and rebuilding the rear 1/3) (planning council should allow owner to add a few stories at the rear 1/3 of penthouses if that's what's needed to make the project pencil... and if the planning councils instincts are that the existing strtucture is ugly and unfriendly, don't trust your instincts, youre wrong, please don't annihilate our wonderful diversity of creative form and architecture to fit your tepid taste buds... there's enough of that cookie cutter crap on most corners, it has no lasting value, it doesn't inspire, just weakens the mind and spirit... give the existing building a good cleaning, infill with glass and greenery, be creative... it will sparkle... it would be glorious