JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: IN A REVIEW OF NEW ARCHITECTURE A COLUMNIST CALLS THE NEW HERZOG AND DE MEURON HAMBURG GERMANY PHILHARMONIC HALL “A MIRACLE”

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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Posted November 8, 2016 by JOHN CHUCKMAN in Uncategorized

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