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John Chuckman

COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE IN THE GUARDIAN

 

 

Much of it is downright homely.

Take photo: “On the up … internal staircases’

That’s just dreary suburban shopping mall architecture. I’ve seen variations dozens of times, and never liked it the first.

Take photo: “Like Giza masterminded by Liberace”

That is not a friendly object. It is slightly forbidding. Monumental and uninviting. Set for a science fiction film.

Take photo: “Unparalleled scale of ambition”

The upper half is indeed interesting, but it looks as though it were placed upon an old warehouse – a bit like a glowing Fabergé egg on a wharf building.

Take photo: “An ocean liner of architectural virtuosity.”

Well, you may well think so, but it looks to me again as an undistinguished wharf building with a huge array of some strange new solar panels piled on top. Perhaps a kind of power station.

I’m sorry, but no matter how much they spent and how long they took, it resulted in the birth of a mediocrity.

Pictures may be seen here:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2016/nov/04/hamburg-elbphilhamonie-herzog-de-meuron-a-cathedral-for-our-time#commentsMiracle?

 

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