Now that the scaffolding is down the full horror is revealed of the engulfing of the portico by a schizophrenic mishmash of building materials. If this doesn't make the 'blunders' pages of most of the architectural journals I'll crawl back under my stone. what does anyone else think?
It did look a pretty medicore piece of design when I saw the original plans. Have the built it with the bright red brick cladding on the side walls that was in the original plans, or did Lambeth planners manage to get something a bit more subdued?
I think that the new block of flats is very attractive, the concave elevation echoes the curve of the Revenue building on the other side of Stamford Street really nicely. The dark colour is attractive and the detailing on the balconies is interesting and I think that the juxtaposition with the freshly-painted white chapel porch (which was a crumbling ruin before) is really striking. Of course it's not the bland pastiche architecture which finds favour these days; it dares to be modern. The real crime is that the flats were built on the playground of the naval school.