Thursday 21 February 2013 1.21pm
Only found out today that Ludgate and Sampson Houses are due for demolition.
I quite like brutalist architecture and we should certainly preserve at least some of it. Not sure about Sampson House though. The building itself is a good example of brutalism, but it's kind of monolithic and not well suited to the site. I'm more sorry about Ludgate House going. It's kind of iconic.
Looked at the proposals and overall I like them. Much more public space and better access through the site. At the moment there is no access at all. I do however think the new tower will be too tall.
There seem to be a lot of 'too tall' new buildings at the moment. The Shard
is great from a distance - I can see it from my windows, but now St Thomas St is like a windtunnel at ground level.
The same fate is befalling Blackfriars Road
. Although I quite like the Palestra
Building, I don't like the way it hangs over Blackfriars Road
at the top. It's kind of claustrophobic. The one that is going up in front of where Bar 242 used to be seems to bulge out too. I'm hoping it is just the scaffolding, or it too will be claustrophobic. The new hotel on the corner of Meymott St is also too tall for the location. Even worse is the Ballet School building on Hatfields
- it's not even finished yet, but much too tall for the site.
I'm not against tall buildings at all, but they should be appropriate for the site and area.