Saturday 19 July 2008 12.07am
I think both designs are banal and egotistical. I'm certainly not of the 'it must be in keeping' (read: the same size and material) brigade. But I do think that relationships between old and new are important and complicated and shouldn't be trivialised. The 3d renderings shown look like back of a fag packet narcissistic sketches jazzed up into pseudo-architecture by clever software. H&dM used to be sharp and provocative. Now they're just arrogant. Southwark should just tell them to naff off and leave the South Bank alone. I also don't happen to think that the Tate Modern
fit out is much good - very frustrating to circulate around, already looking tatty, possessing no 'secret spaces' to discover. Boring.