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Astragal: Chrissie Hynde distressed by Dundee’s architectural monstrosity

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As a rock star, you think not much could faze Pretenders frontwoman Chrissie Hynde. But the singer was distracted during a gig in Dundee this week by the ‘horrible carcass’ of a building being erected near the waterfront

No, it wasn’t Kengo Kuma’s £80 million V&A building, which finally opened to great fanfare, but a new office building next door by Scottish firm Cooper Cromar.

The offended singer called for nothing less than an uprising over the ‘monstrosity’ –  but Dundee city chief hit back saying sure, the waterfront quarter was for fun and creativity, but ‘more importantly, as a place where we could generate jobs and income’. Brass in pocket?

Why ‘dressing like an architect’ is on trend right now

Shutterstock fashionable architects

Shutterstock fashionable architects

The Guardian has declared that the hot trend for autumn ’18 is ‘dressing like an architect’. The expression, it says, has become the ultimate fashion compliment.

By way of examples, the paper suggests an array of kooky heels from ASOS and Zara and structural shift dresses from Cos. 

Yes, despite, women holding only one in ten of the top-level jobs at the world’s leading architecture firms, no one’s going to mistake you for Rem Koolhaas should you adopt its tips.

What does a man need to wear to dress like an architect, Astragal wonders?  

Also contributing to the fashion feature was the newspaper’s architecture editor Olly Wainwright – once London’s Hottest Man according to dating app Happn.

He provided soundbites such as: ‘One young partnership’s appearance has become a big part of their reputation.’ 

Shudder at the thought of Will Alsop’s reputation being shaped by his, at-times, somewhat shabby wardrobe rather than his colourful, stylistic buildings.

As for those heels – they’re only on the high street because fashion label Jacquemus sent original designs down the catwalk at Paris Fashion Week – and if there’s one thing that architects don’t like, it’s a rip-off! 

Too well-mannered for Liverpool

Shutterstock liverpool crop

Shutterstock liverpool crop

Allies and Morrison is not renowned for the gimmicky, whizz-bang, look-at-me appearance of its buildings. Its solid, reliable and refined approach rarely causes offence. 

Yet the practice recently ran into a small spot of bother in Liverpool, where it is working on Kier Property and CTP’s £200 million Pall Mall office-led mixed-use development. 

The Place Matters design review panel which examines early-stage designs, found the firm’s initial proposals a little, well, polite, for the city.

Place Matters’ written summary of a meeting it held with the architect on the first block to come forward said: ‘The panel considered your approach to a subtle façade detail, which produces a very well-mannered piece of architecture, not to be a clear reflection of the city’s character and you were asked to consider whether this might be “tuned up a little” to match the edginess of the city’s personality. 

‘You need to make this building “of Liverpool”.’

Astragal understands Allies and Morrison’s scheme has since been reworked. 

Permanent curls

Lister mills

Lister mills

Positive news last week from Bradford and Urban Splash’s Lister Mills development – a revamp of the behemothic Grade II*-listed former textile factory in Manningham. 

The first ShedKM-designed phases were completed in 2006. Meanwhile, David Morley Architects began working on other elements of the project, including a series of curvaceous roof pods housing 30 duplex flats (pictured above). 

The zinc-clad, lock-of-hair-like units were completed in around 2011 and even shortlisted for the AJ’s 2012 Retrofit Awards. 

But they were never fully fitted out and have remained unoccupied.

Now Urban Splash has announced that work to finish off the mothballed flats will finally conclude early next year and they are set to go on sale this autumn. Hooray for the soon-to-be permanent curls. 

Only fools and presidents

Fools & horses 3

Fools & horses 3

What is the RIBA president elect Alan Jones really like? 

Given the edict issued by the 66 Portland Place press office that Jones won’t be available for interview until July 2019 because of the institute’s desire to focus on ‘Ben initiatives’, we have very little to go on. 

One clue to emerge via Twitter, however, suggests Jones is a fan of 1980s BBC sitcom Only Fools and Horses

He retweeted the show’s ‘20-year-old broom’ scene, featuring the character Trigger, adding: ‘I regularly refer to this scene when discussing maintenance – replacing the head 17 times and the shaft of the brush 14 times –  continuation of function, but is it the same brush?’ 

So, a fan of philosophical jokes, it would appear. 

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