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God that Watergold building is awful… Really, spectacularly, awful… It’s even worse in reality than it looks in the photos as I discovered last weekend… The fact that it is actually an apartment block makes it even more revolting – I can just imagine the wonderful artificially lit corridors. I’m also amazed that there dosent appear to be any private open space whatsoever, no balconies, gardens or otherwise… how did they get away with that??
The roofscape is literally scary, particularly the arched windows, the elevations have no grace, the laws of proportion obviously didn’t have a look in when the window blocks were being pasted in on autocad. Post-Modern architecture only works when the laws of the styles that are being applied are followed. Michael Graves’ work generally succeeds because he respects certain conventions, using bases, pediments etc then having fun within the constraints he sets. Added to that is the fact that he obviously has a good eye for harmony and proportion. And I don’t recall ever seeing a bloody mansard roof in his canon of work either!