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Wednesday23 April 2014

Wonders & Blunders

Trellick Tower

Wonders and blunders with Carol Bailey

2 Apr 14

Carol Bailey plumps for two council estates which both tried to create a sense of community. One became a crime hotspot; the other a safe and desirable living environment

London velodrome

Wonders & blunders with David Liddicoat

21 Mar 14

David Liddicoat, a Liddicoat and Goldhill partner, can’t wait to try out the Olympic velodrome but thinks the cycle paths in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park are a wasted opportunity

Casa Batllo

Wonders and blunders with Neill Werner

7 Mar 14

Neill Werner is blown away by the organic detailing of Gaudí’s House of Bones, but wonders why Herzog & de Meuron had to cut the power at Tate Modern

Glasgow Central Station

Wonders and blunders with Ken Greig

14 Feb 14

Ken Greig says bringing Glasgow Central station into the heart of the city was a gutsy move, but thinks St Enoch represents all that is wrong with eighties buildings

southgate bath

Wonders and blunders with Stephen Melville

13 Dec 13

Stephen Melville goes to Moscow for a glimpse of the avant-avant-garde, but closer to home he finds a fine city marred by some retro pastiche

pantheon

Wonders and blunders with Rob Russell

12 Dec 13

Rob Russell wonders at the world’s largest unreinforced concrete roof, on Rome’s Pantheon, but despairs at Victor Emmanuel’s overbearing altar to egotism

eden project

Wonders and blunders with Brian Teale

6 Dec 13

Brian Teale admires the futuristic Eden Project’s stately leisure domes, but derides the millennial O2 Centre as a very expensive tent

L’Unité d’Habitation in Marseille, Le Corbusier

Wonders and blunders with Mark Leeson

15 Nov 13

Le Corbusier’s Marseille masterpiece is enough to make Mark Leeson believe in time-travel, but the VisitPlymouth building just makes him want to stay at home …

z

Wonders and blunders with Emma Rickwood

1 Nov 13

Emma Rickwood despairs at the darkness and monolithic concrete slabs of Westminster Underground Station and enjoys the architectural mischief of 13 Lincoln’s Inn Fields

 Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia

Wonders and Blunders with Richard Shennan

18 Oct 13

Richard Shennan is restored by the sight of the Royal College of Physicians building in Regent’s Park, but Calatrava’s Valencia opera house gives a poor performance in the long term

musee_dorsay

Wonders & blunders with Phil Brumby

6 Sep 13

A Parisian museum is revered for its historic exterior and sensitive interior. But London’s Hayward Gallery is accused of being hideous, inside and out

1WONders

Wonders & blunders with Dan Benham

28 Aug 13

Incoming Royal Society of Architects in Wales president Dan Benham praises Zumthor’s Bruder Klaus Field Chapel and laments the ‘lump’ of the Celtic Manor Resort

wonders

Wonders & blunders with John Tebbit

20 Aug 13

John Tebbit finds Hagia Sophia in Istanbul awe-inspiring but longs for the day when the Shell Centre on London’s South Bank has been removed and forgotten about

WB

Wonders & blunders with Roger FitzGerald

31 Jul 13

Roger FitzGerald contrasts the elegance and contribution to the public realm of Rothschild Bank headquarters, with Number 1 Poultry

wonders

Wonders & blunders with Paul Sherwood

9 Jul 13

Fond memories are stirred for Paul Sherwood by a building with high aspirations in Dubai while temporary classrooms in the UK leave him feeling depressed

Westminster Underground

Wonders & blunders with Chris Sullivan

28 Jun 13

The Malcolm Hollis partner finds Westminster Underground station an under-appreciated wonder in steel and concrete, whereas Stamford Bridge is woefully behind the times

wb2

Wonders & blunders with Brian Johnson

6 Jun 13

Brian Johnson compares two UK schools - one that captures the worst of the brutalist movement in post-war Britain, the other, a blueprint for the future

Dulles International Airport

Wonders & blunders with Luke Tozer

22 May 13

Luke Tozer thinks Eero Saarinen’s design for Dulles International Airport has wings, whereas his effort for the US Embassy in London represents a bad day at the office

Matthew Woodthorpe

Wonders & blunders with Matthew Woodthorpe

10 May 13

Matthew Woodthorpe thinks he may have found the perfect cemetery chapel in Stockholm, but finds St George Wharf in Vauxhall discomforting to look at

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