Thursday17 August 2017

Wonders & Blunders

Serpentine Sackler Gallery

Wonders & blunders with Gill Parker

12 Sep 14

London resident Gill Parker thrills to the Sackler Gallery’s contemporary spirit but is less than charmed by a sixties housing estate that has ghettoised its residents

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Florey building, Oxford

Wonders and blunders with Nicola Rutt

13 Jun 14

Nicola Rutt finds Oxford University’s Florey Building ‘brave and beautiful’, but thinks more recent student accommodation, Unite’s post-Olympic Stratford development, is ‘overbearing’ and ‘confused’

Pimlico wonder

Wonders and blunders with Andrew Henriques

3 Jun 14

Andrew Henriques believes that his old school in Pimlico, designed by John Bancroft in the sixties, was a shining example of brutalist architecture. While its replacement is a lesson in ticking boxes

Museum of Tel Aviv

Wonders & blunders with Félicie Krikler

2 May 14

If the Palais des Festivals wasn’t such an overbearing bunker, it might enjoy the amazing views, says Félicie Krikler. Whereas the Museum of the History of Tel Aviv-Yafo is so well composed, it is the view

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


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 …


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


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


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 & 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


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 & 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

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