what? wrote:. . . . a pale but striking resemblance to department of finance, but with a level of refinement missing.
I don't know, I see this the other way round. If anything this redeems the Dept. of Finance building, by giving it a role as the clumsy progenitor of the type.
At least the Long-Room-Hub seems to know what it wants to be: some kind of stone faced precious object with all the architectural expression subservient to, and dependant on, the simple, well defined, form . . . almost in the classical temple tradition. The Dept. of Finance block, on the other hand, doesn't seem to know whether it wants to be a public building, or a streetscape building, . . . . a defined block important enough to be set apart, or a piece of infill. That uncertainty of form, together with the aggressive domination of the Huguenot cemetery, the questionable spatial priorities, the dodgy proportions of the street facade and the cluttered railing/gates at the otherwise minimalist entrance, all mark the Dept. of Finance building down, in my opinion.
what? wrote:If I were graftons id be calling up the copyright enforcer round about now.
and then what, call Peter Zumthor up as an expert witness?
what? wrote:. . . . the formal shifts in the facade . . . . .
You just lap this stuff up, don't you?