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Dismay for British Architecture as Foster defends London Icon: "Gherkin was not a disaster..."
UK architecture came under fire on UK TV this week when Norman Foster was asked by Channel 4 presenter, Tom Dyckhoff to explain why the innovative ideas he had pioneered in the Willis Building (Ipswich 1975) seemed to have been lost in London's Gherkin some thirty years on. If a picture can paint a thousand words, Lord Foster's expression on being asked this question in front of the TV cameras seemed to generate at least a thousand expletives.
It was a perfect twist in the long running saga of the ownership battle for the credit of London's flagship tower, between Foster whose firm designed the building and team member Ken Shuttleworth who produced the original concepts and subsequently left the firm in 2003. The feud was re-ignited in 2004 when the building was awarded the Stirling Prize, the UK's most prestigious architectural prize.
For nearly a decade, both parties had been claiming the accolades, when out of the blue the jewel in London's architectural crown came under fire for having a bland and unimaginative working environment, it landed squarely back in Lord Fosters' lap. Clearly caught on the hop, he defended the interior space with a, "well it's not a disaster..."
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