Today I spluttered into my mid afternoon cuppa as I read the Evening Standard [Property section] announcement that the Tabard Square scheme and the proposed Bermondsey Square development were 'an intelligent piece of planning by Southwark Council' that would give Long Lane 'more of an identity'. As usual the piece was so well researched they also stated that one end of Tower Bridge Road is opposite Borough Tube Station - that should throw potential newbie residents off the scent. However, a celebratory second cuppa was in order when I read that the AF comp has been won by the submission from Zaha Hadid. Images of it look fantastic and it's her first building in London [not for lack of trying to get one accepted]. Let's hope the council don't attempt to square off the corners....
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.
Thanks for the link Mark. Interesting. I fairly like his stuff, I just think that it makes the proposed Architecture Foundation building above look derivative, and that's probably not what they wanted to acheive.
I think Zaha Hadid has been designing "deconstructed" buildings for as long as Liebeskind has - it is just that she hasn't had as much luck getting them built (e.g. her winning design for the Cardiff Bay Millennium Centre).
Which for some people raises all sorts of questions about the status of women in architecture, which IMHO is still very much a "big swinging d*ck" profession.