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Twickenham Riverside contest designs revealed


It's difficult to judge six schemes for the same site with only perspectives to go on, and with no background on the differences in briefs between the schemes. But, on the evidence presented, Francis Terry's scheme wipes the floor with the current five proposals, none of which demonstrate anything like Terry's understanding of how to address the river, use appropriate scale when viewed from the river or its banks, create coherent form, proportion, massing and above all a real sense of place-making. The current five range from feeble but inoffensive to downright horrendous. I,m not suggesting that Terry has the only answer - in the last couple of decades there has been a growing awareness among some modern architects of the lessons of history (eg Ancient Greece and Rome, Italian hill towns), in particular relating to place-making and the civic realm. The current five schemes completely fail to address the huge potential of this exceptional site. None of them are anywhere near good enough, and the promoters need to start again

Posted date

16 September, 2019

Posted time

10:18 pm