69 comments By Barry REID
Gagarin Tower MkII?
"Allies & Morrison unveils plan for south London eyesore"
That's prejudging things a bit isn't it, BD?
I preferred Funland and the Chippy.
"cementing London’s transition to being a city that is friendly to pedestrians and cyclists as well as drivers.”
Except you won't be allowed to cycle on Garden Bridge.
@Cthulu, given the reasonable likelihood of a public vote for an EU exit in two years I fear anyone outside the City who "voted with their wallet" was very misguided indeed.
No doubt it does damage great to the character of lime street, which is one of the nicer things in that part of town. However, the nearby 'Grand Central' student silos adjacent to the Adelphi Hotel make this look like a masterpiece.
Shameful. A completely unbroken, impermiable slab block of this proportion is inhuman whatever pseudo architectural veneer you apply.
@ Paul McGrath. Assuming the average floor area has gone up, this may reflect the greater proportion of social/affordable housing in the current housing supply - where most landlords have space standards.
It'll probably be quite a nice thing but regardless of the merits of the design the development of the costings has been interesting to watch... In June 2013 this was a £60m project, now it's a £175m project. I assume the original published cost was more political than real - i.e. what was judged to be the largest number that wouldn't scupper the idea at birth. On that basis one has to assume the estimates of the running costs are equally unrealistic.
@BD, If the low was in 2007, surely that makes the figure a seven year low?
Some nice things here but, Foyles Bookshop, a public building. Really?
@Gil Gunderson - Indeed. See Folkestone for a example of how ineffective 'Arts Led Regeneration' can be in a seaside town...
It'll be interesting to see how the traffic flow works with people on the surface as it's already one of London's worst places to drive.
The first two comments are mostly right, but I can see the ones for Tibits and Longchamp being pretty decent. The Penhaligons one looks like a winner though.
It's fat, it's round, the flats cost a million pounds...
But it's still better than the (comparatively) low rise rubbish next to it.
Since architecture can neither create nor solve social problems, I can only assume that to eradicate the referenced ingrained social problems from these areas the intention is to remove undesirable tenants, probably via yet another programme of decanting to areas which are already deprived with their own entrenched social problems e.g. coastal towns like Hastings, Margate etc.
The fenestration is needlessly playful.
Access is by rope ladder?
In this instance I suspect Mr Heatherwick is spot on.
And what is truly disappointing in this case is that there are practices involved with this project who, in the past, have produced decent and considered architecture yet now seem to have completely gone over to churning out this 'standard details' stuff out without thought of context, scale or humanity.
Let EH go bust and abandon the 'red tape' that of listing and conservation!