Monday, January 20, 2014

Dated

Horribly dated new "community building" going up at St Pancras Square on behalf of Camden Council:  http://www.camden.gov.uk/ccm/content/council-and-democracy/plans-and-policies/camden-strategies-%26-partnerships/map-and-artists-impressions-of-5-pancras-square.en

It is as if the architect has become stuck in the 1920s and is fantasising he is Mies van der Rohe.

No relation to its architectural surroundings.  No acknowledgment of the architectural history of the site.  No understanding of how people feel when entering such an alienating building.

Have we really not progressed beyond the 1920s/30s?

This "community building" looks as if it has been dug out of Bauhaus Berlin and plonked down between St Pancras and Kings Cross.

Enough of this erzatz internationalist nonsense.

We have national styles of architecture in this country, related to traditional social interactions, and public money should be used to promote them.

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