".... this is undoubtedly one of the best pavilions of recent years: both delicate and raw, feeling rooted in its site while sitting strongly but sympathetically against the surrounding park, connecting out to the landscape. "
Head, nail and hit. I came across it today and felt exactly that. People were lingering and relaxing all around. It's a soothing place that lets the park in, not exclude it as recent pavilions have.
I did see some bracing at the edges of the frame, if this is what is meant.
It was a relief to read that the slate had come from no far away than Cumbria. When I was told on site that it had come from Columbia it felt like an indulgence too far.
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Tourists come to London to see a working city and to view structures that have a function - Tate Modern, Palace of Westminster, British Museum, Kew Gardens, Buckingham Palace ... ad infinitum. They go to Disney Land and Las Vegas to see artifice. Please can we stop using tourism as an excuse for empty conceits such as the Tulip and the Garden Bridge? In the long run, as empty experiences, they''ll dilute the brand not enhance it.
An awful lot of the money went into the PR effort to persuade us we’d be getting a lush sylvan streak of peace and quietude across the Thames when, as someone better qualified than me pointed out, it was in reality a huge amount of concrete with a bit of bum fluff on the top, to be crammed with a commotion of tourists. It was rightly pulled when it became clear they were never going to sell enough t-shirts to “monetise” it and it would be a drain on public finances in perpetuity. It should have been pulled much earlier by the former mayor when it became obvious it was nothing but a supremely expensive PR fantasy.
Neither should it be forgotten that the landmark that Mayor Johnson was trying to get built was utterly pointless - a costly concrete monstrosity that would have trashed its location and overloaded an area already heaving with tourists.
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It is however sutable for other sports. I was at the England vs New Zealand rugby league test last year and it was ideal. Unlike the Wembley and Twickenham behemoths it had a human feel. Much cosier and nothing wrong with the sight lines.