Sunday, 18 September 2011

Architectural Cream

Ed P in a comment below has reminded me what a good building the new Turner Gallery in Margate is; this is the N side of the cluster of simple concrete rectangles. Very simple, very beautiful, and the space inside is sumptuously pure and clean and divinely lit. By Sir David Chipperfield, who also designed the River & Rowing museum in Henley - another superb structure. Margate is substantially bigger than the dreadful Colchester mess. And at £17m about £11m cheaper. 

5 comments:

Dave_G said...

For sheer god-awfulness you can't beat the Scottish Parliament buildings.....

You'd be hard-pressed to find anything more expensive either....

outsider said...

Yes, the Margate building is inviting in the sense that it is saying "come in, there is interesting stuff hidden inside" rather than "look at me". You would think that after the great success of turning Bankside power station, with its vast plain brick walls, into the Tate Modern, no-one who had taken technical advice would commission something like Colchester as an art gallery.

Blue Eyes said...

That is pretty. I like simple, good design.

English Pensioner said...

Reminds me of a friend who went to a presentation about a new housing development which was proudly advertised as "architect designed".
My friend informed the gathering that he would have been interested if they had been builder designed, as at least the buildings would be designed for easy maintenance!

Edward Spalton said...

No doubt the buildings are functionally good as you say but, on a different scale, they are remarkably like hen houses of a design which was in commercial use from around the Thirties to the mid Fifties.