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Hugh Pearman

Ah yes. The desperate deployment of a Platonic form – here the cylinder – in an attempt to achieve the big urban gesture. I.M. Pei is rather better at this sort of thing.

Actually the tilted glass cylinder engaged with an orthogonal form is no bad idea, and I’m not aware of such an example anywhere else (please enlighten me, everyone). Just a bit of a shame that – to go by the published images – the cylinder is the only possibly good thing about an otherwise largely illiterate and over-scaled building.

Would that tilted glass drum be facing due south, by the way? If so, I suspect they will either have to lose that transparency, or roast.

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