Entering the building is a huge surprise. It is pure art nouveau. The contrast between exterior and interior couldn't be greater. Sir William Reynolds-Stephens has given the simple interiors a jewel-like quality working in bronze, copper, mother of pearl, glass, timber and stone. It is beauteous, joyous and uplifting.
My least favourite building is a 1960s covered shopping centre. I hate all such shopping centres – they may look different on the outside but they all have the same dreary contents. My particular bête noir is the St James Centre in Edinburgh. I would rather shop sloshing about in the pouring rain with my umbrella blowing inside out.
Trisha Gupta is director and group chief architect at Countryside Properties