notjim wrote:I just saw the interior of the Long Room Hub, fantastically, even intrusively, good.
notjim probably thought he was getting away with that provocative one-liner . . .
. . . but thanks to culture night, the great unwashed have also been in fingering the wallnut and nosing around.
the main void . . . . love the green seats
the theatre, which the Sunday Times critic recently anointed - ''a democratic space'' - because . . . . you might want to sit down for this one . . . . . ''the floor and ceiling are flat and the chairs are moveable'' . . . . .
''more of a big room'' really
moving on . . .
the communal spaces do have a bit character about them, although you do start to see walnut climbing up the walls and crossing the ceilings, after a while.
The offices however are mostly disappointing in my opinion, and surprisingly mean. Many of these little rooms seem to share that condition that I think we noted in the internal layout of many of the Timberyard apartments [by fellow Group 91ers, O'D+T] - the internal spaces look compromised by the same fenestration doctrine that delivers the carefully arranged composition externally.
Again to draw on the insight of the Sunday Times, - the architects have made this an ''effortlessly low-energy building . . . . . by placing each room next to a window'' . . . . . where did they get this guy?
However, in many cases, the full height window that the room is 'placed next to' is frequently off in a corner, or orientated across to another guy's office rather than opening out onto the considerable charms of the Trinity campus outside.
Even though I love this building, I'm having a hard time forgiving the architectural preciousness that imposes a regime like this on little rooms that just want little windows, at a handy level to stare out through, and I'd suspect that the resentment might grow if I was actually obliged to occupy one of these little rooms.