The best part of the Grmishaw scheme is staying (the supermarket) the building they are proposing to demolish makes for some terrible public realm facing onto Kentish Town Road without any ground floor frontages. The Sainsbury delivery vehicle entrance is also overly dominant. You haven't included any photos of the existing building on Kentish Town Road by the way? Slightly false reporting?
This is a good move, well-done team.
If you look at the smaller buildings individually they are actually quite interesting. However they are competing with one another completely overshadowed by the monstrosity that is the UAL building in the middle.
There is so much wrong with it it completely takes away any merit of the smaller buildings. Its too big, the massing makes it seem squat even though its 14 storeys tall, not to mention its just unbelievably boring. It looks a copy and paste facade from any of the residential blocks being built in Stratford at the moment by Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands, PRP, Glenn Howells and the rest. It makes me want to cry.
These buildings will date terribly badly, just walk around Statford now and look at buildings built in the last 10 years. People will look back in years to come and wonder what the hell were we thinking.
The research behind the head image is still pertinent and worth reading. This was carried out by Hilary Cottam + Buschow Henley (now Henley Halebrown), Matthew Horne, Grace Comely. 'Learning Works: The 21st Century Prison'.
Very sad to see how little has changed, it is a building type neglected to the detriment of society.