A digest of the top stories on the AJ this week: Zaha Hadid, Birmingham New Street station, and Tate Modern
After being awarded the RIBA Royal Gold Medal Zaha Hadid walked out of an interview by the BBC in which she was grilled about working conditions on the site of her stadium for Qatar 2022. The interview sparked an outcry from architects and the BBC later issued an apology to Hadid.
Birmingham’s New Street station opened to the public but its architect Alejandro Zaera-Polo said the scheme ‘could have been much better’. The practice stepped back from working on the atrium element when contractor Mace and project-backer Network Rail decided to replace the smooth, continuous white plaster curves of the competition-winning concept design with tensioned fabric.
Also this week, architect David Chipperfield criticised UK-run architecture competitions and called on the RIBA to do more to police them, the cost of Herzog and de Meuron’s extension to the Tate Modern was revealed to have risen by £45 million, the London School of Economics launched a contest for a new £100 million building and London Mayor Boris Johnson called in the proposals for Norton Folgate.