Sunday 5 April 2009 1.44am
Add me to the list who'd leave it alone. Either it's the ugliest building in London and should be preserved for that reason or/and it's a fine piece of concrete brutalism which will contrast nicely with the glassy Shard. The effete cladding in the picture looks awful.
I fully agree - that cladding looks worse than the current building in my opinion.
Usually also in those top lists of the most hated buildings in London are Centre Point and the Barbican towers.
However, both usually also feature in the most loved building lists - simultaneously....so I guess with some buildings opinions are really 50/50 either you hate them or you love them.
Mind you, I much prefer a building with such strong character and completely divided opinions to a bland boring building no-one loves nor hates.....
I also think part of the London skyline is it's diverse mix of styles, periods, 'ugly' and 'beautifu'l buildings (all subjective of course). That's what makes it interesting, gives it context and makes it feel like a real place rather than some artificial Disney Land.
I also like to think the mix of architecture, styles and periods is somehow a reflection on the extreme diversity of people we have living in London. And precisely this diversity is one of the reason I love London so much....