Lovr them both. High Holborn looks like lego
New Buildings In London
Sunday 4th July 2010 at 00:18
It seems as if London's architects are becoming more individualistic of late. After the identikit offices of the eighties and nineties, the challenge is who can stand out more - or perhaps fit in more. Two good examples here; offices in Soho's Bateman's Buildings that have opted to return to Soho's original 18th century alleyway style (without the upper floors coming out so steeply into the street), and a series of buildings by Renzo Piano in High Holborn that I disliked at first, but appreciate now as a difficult, dingy corner that needed brightening up. Added to the new 1930s style building in St Martin's Lane, it seems architects are cherry-picking the best of different eras and melding them together in new ways. If this trend continues, it will certainly break up the uniform look of the city and make it a more interesting place to walk through. And there's a great article on 'The lure of the lurid' in architecture here.