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Thanks for the rant, and I fully agree with what you are saying. Buildings like this, with their cheap “mock georgian” look are the worst blots on the whole cityscape. The Jervis Centre is another example, except on an even more monstrous scale. As for the Ulster bank building, it’s clear that no conceptual thought has gone into the design at all. Off the peg, without any respect at all for it’s context… God it makes me angry! And I agree about the Guinness building also… an ordinary enough block, but with some grace and above all INTEGRITY. The courage of it’s convictions. So many buildings avoid making any sort of statement about themselves other than to ape their surroundings, or even worse, to fade into the background. It is one thing about building in a city, you can never ever hope to make a building of the scale of the Ulster bank “fade into the background”. As it stands it is truly offensive to the dignity of the wonderful customs house across the river.
A useful comparison is the civic offices (phase two) which I believe is a dignified and courageous attempt to promote modernity. And it succeeds. It’s got wonderful detailing, massing, scale… the modern equivalent of the Customs house. Yes, it can be seen as “just another off the shelf STW design”, but get beyond the prejudice and see the quality. At least compared to the Ulster Bank!

[This message has been edited by BTH (edited 03 June 1999).]

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