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I think the interiors look intresting but that they may have succumbed to the same over-designing that weakened their Museum of Scotland scheme in Edinburgh. While the spaces in the Scottish building are undoubtedly impressive, the architects have a tenedency to cover every surface (lift shafts, reception desks as well as principal walls) with these ‘random’ slits and openings. In some cases they frame views and work quite successfully bit they generally give the impression of being far too arbitrary and tend to dilute the overall sense of space by distracting the eye. I see from the photos of the Clare St. extension that these seem to feature porminently again but I hope that they won’t weaken it to the extent that they do in Edinburgh.

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