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Old July 10th, 2015, 12:31 AM   #661
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Yeah but this is Liverpool Street station we're talking about, not somewhere funky full of funky people. It's a transport interchange for people who have the kind of jobs for which wearing a suit is a requirement. If you want sexy and feng shui architecture head to Kings Cross.
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Old July 10th, 2015, 12:48 AM   #662
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Why hasn't someone put this building toward for the carbuncle cup if forumers feel so negatively towards it ?
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Old July 10th, 2015, 10:48 AM   #663
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Yeah but this is Liverpool Street station we're talking about, not somewhere funky full of funky people. It's a transport interchange for people who have the kind of jobs for which wearing a suit is a requirement.
With Shoreditch on its doorstep.
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Old July 10th, 2015, 11:29 AM   #664
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With Shoreditch on its doorstep.
Yeah I know, and I am in fact a jeans-wearing Shoreditch worker.

But I don't understand what the fuss is about when it comes to the Broadgate area. It's just a functional area to me, not an unpleasant one but not one that I demand much from in the way of emotional reassurance.

I certainly understand why people say that the new building is not the prettiest thing that any city has seen. But I really do like the brutal look and the industrial feel the steel gives off as it glints in the sunshine.

And, it looks somewhat like a prison, which makes me happy because it's housing financial services workers.
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Old July 10th, 2015, 11:33 AM   #665
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Yeah but this is Liverpool Street station we're talking about, not somewhere funky full of funky people. It's a transport interchange for people who have the kind of jobs for which wearing a suit is a requirement. If you want sexy and feng shui architecture head to Kings Cross.
BL are totally reorientating the BG estate to focus on more mixed tenures attracting the Shoreditch tech crowd which is literally a stone’s throw behind this building ( Amazons new HQ is U/C across the road from this).All the new retail and food/bars at Broadgate Circle is geared towards City and Tech crowds.

This building is totally alien to the whole concept they are trying to achieve. It’s a classic case of BL & the Corporation of London bending over backwards to stop UBS moving to CW and to hell with the consequences.

It’s quite cool in a retro 70’s sci-fi way but has now reference to the rest of BG and this building is a huge hulk that dominates BG, cuts off the estate from Appold St, has no cut troughs and no life at ground level. Its essentially a factory farm for UBS bankers.
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Old July 10th, 2015, 11:57 AM   #666
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Its essentially a factory farm for UBS bankers.


I'm not trying to sell the building to anyone. And it's clear it has haters. I'm just saying that I actually enjoy seeing it. I almost see it as a space ship of some kind, or perhaps as a gigantic exhibit of modern art.

The fact that it does not blend in and looks totally different is precisely what I like about it.
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Old July 11th, 2015, 02:34 PM   #667
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i have to say, it looks best from that position on the broadgate circle. it's like the best angle of an otherwise ugly woman, but half the reason the scene "works" is the broadgate circle, you've even got that small geodesic dome in the middle, oh and a gradient filter on the camera lens combined with perfect light for the cladding of the building. walking around it though it's almost unphotographable as darjole's photos showed a while back. there's nothing attractive, sexy or clever.
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Old July 17th, 2015, 06:27 AM   #668
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If anyone were to call for the demolition of the 5 Broadgate building in the future, then you'd have to put up a ~100-metre highrise building on that site.

Also, could 5 Broadgate have had a better-looking exterior façade than it actually has? I think that would be impossible for any building with a large floor area.

Speaking as a member of the "You cant make everything is a major city beautiful" crowd.
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Old July 17th, 2015, 09:47 AM   #669
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If anyone were to call for the demolition of the 5 Broadgate building in the future, then you'd have to put up a ~100-metre highrise building on that site.

Also, could 5 Broadgate have had a better-looking exterior façade than it actually has? I think that would be impossible for any building with a large floor area.

Speaking as a member of the "You cant make everything is a major city beautiful" crowd.
The buildings surrounding it such as those in the Broadgate estate are restricted by the St. Paul's viewing corridor. Consequently 5 Broadgate is fairly low rise when put in context of its location.
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Old July 17th, 2015, 09:48 AM   #670
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I really quite like like this one. It's huge and quite low rise, but I think that's what the client wanted. The City has to have a mixture of buildings for practical reasons.

The cladding and the way the light reflects off it is great, the different shapes of windows are really interesting. It's got an almost timeless, retro feel about it and I personally find it very stylish.

I'm going to be really controversial now and say I even think it could become an iconic building. I can see this being listed one day.
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