Wednesday 12 January 2005 3.50pm
Really? (re Luddites and buildings). From the starting point that factory buildings would never exist if machines had not been invented, I would have imagined that Luddites would dislike and want to destroy factories whilst having neutral feelings about other architecture (modern or otherwise).
Back on topic, I agree that it looks like the Liebeskind building on Holloway Rd, and I agree that that building is attractive (to me). However, I would make these two points about the H Rd building:
1) I only saw it for the first time the other week (due to my allergy to Nth London), and, whilst thinking it looked interesting, I couldn't help immediately thinking "That's a Liebeskind building." The reason I thought that was not because I know much at all about architecture, but rather that I thought it looked exactly like the only other of his buildings I've seen (which I think was a holocaust museum, but I may well be wrong). It's interesting, but not original, and a bit dated.
2) If I was the Architecture Foundation
, I think I wouldn't want something that looks like a copy of something else.
...if you press it, they will come.