My bad building is 1 Piccadilly. Piccadilly Gardens is the centre of our city and having taken the opportunity of getting Tadao Ando, the Japanese architect, to do a rather strange but very interesting fountain and a controversial concrete wall, they put a new office block on to what was a grotty but nevertheless green space. When we all complained, our civic fathers said it would be wonderful, but when it was finished it turned out to be an incredibly ordinary, irrelevant piece of shite – just a nothing building. Every time this great city builds a nondescript new building, it is throwing away an opportunity. The lessons of Bilbao have clearly not been learned.
Anthony Wilson was the founder of Factory Records. He and his home appear in Inner Spaces,
a design series that begins on BBC3 on 24 May.