It is good to hear these first steps into imagining a world where we live with the virus for the next year.
I hope that the government put together a general purpose technical manual for designing the use of space. What we need is a kind of "Approved Document" for virus-safety, just like what the building industry have with official guidance on complying with Building Regulations.
I wouldn't be very happy with this design if I was a local. This is an area where HS2 is detested, and the surrounding landscape loved. The design seems to be deliberately bold, and the sight lines are unnecessarily thick, serving only to antagonise the locals.
From a structural perspective, I do not understand why the parapets have not been integrated into the sectional height of the structure, to reduce the overall thickness of the sight lines. The colour of the steel is good and understated: it doesn't need the glittering parapet to show off - the sky and landscape should be doing that.
It is too showy, and too French Brutalist to be welcomed here.
In response to Ian Morrison’s comment above. If you think that the Supreme Court created a new law, you need to actually read their judgement. They have merely upheld a long standing principle of law and parliamentary practice which had not been tested in this way before. Since the piece is about integrity - please check your own.
But your argument about this all whiffing of the Remainiac ‘elite’ is valid, though I don’t agree with it.
I'm with Piers on this one.
It gives nothing for the idea that a little known foreign architect could make a success and a name for themselves within the UK.
It smacks to me as a cynical political move to avoid the potential for bad publicity from a highly regarded international professional being refused a visa - all the while restricting the freedoms of the rest of us.
If the elite are free to go about their business, then we can all pretend everything is rosy. What a warming Christmas message.