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Old May 16th, 2017, 01:28 PM   #281
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I still think this. It's always looked like a ****ed up carriage clock to me.


You must be joking. One of the most beautiful buildings on the planet!
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Old May 16th, 2017, 02:17 PM   #282
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Of course, it would look even better if it was twelve stories taller.

Agree, it's a stocking filler !!!!!
Get it built
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Old May 17th, 2017, 12:24 AM   #283
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People also said the same thing about the Sagrada Familia and the Eiffel Tower and now they are amongst the most iconic buildings on the plantet.

Both were ego trips. Both were controversial. Both were out of place.

The point being is that sometimes being controversial is a good thing.

Of course the Arndale is downright poor design but it suffered from and as influenced by some bad ideas..
My point is though that all these buildings mentioned are actually of architectural merit. The Arndale is not, and neither is this, especially when it's beside 1 and 2 SPS.
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Old May 17th, 2017, 01:31 AM   #284
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The only modernist building I hand-on-heart adore is Newcastle's Civic Centre.
Oh dear lord Ed, what are you thinking?!!

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Old May 17th, 2017, 02:45 AM   #285
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People also said the same thing about the Sagrada Familia and the Eiffel Tower....
Reminds me of the famous anecdote about Guy de Maupassant (I think) who hated the Eiffel Tower with a passion but ate at the restaurant in the tower almost daily - because it was the only place in Paris where he couldn't see it.
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Old May 17th, 2017, 10:53 AM   #286
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You must be joking. One of the most beautiful buildings on the planet!
No, I really don't like it. It's an icon, but that doesn't make it beautiful.
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Old May 17th, 2017, 12:36 PM   #287
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Love it or hate it, that is Stephenson's Architecture. That's his style. His work. His trademark. He won't deviate from what he knows best. And from what he is comfortable with. Just like Ian Simpson's with glass, etc.
I like it.

I also can't quite believe the debate you guys have ended up having triggered by renders of a Motel One.
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Old May 17th, 2017, 01:38 PM   #288
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Big leap forward for St Peter's Square recently, an even bigger leap back if this is built. Shockingly poor given its location.
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Old May 17th, 2017, 02:10 PM   #289
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No, I really don't like it. It's an icon, but that doesn't make it beautiful.
I like the Houses of Parliament but I'm really not keen on the front facade of Buckingham Palace. Not a great example of Classical architecture. The rear is much nicer.
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Old May 18th, 2017, 01:19 AM   #290
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Shite.
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Old May 18th, 2017, 01:07 PM   #291
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I like the Houses of Parliament but I'm really not keen on the front facade of Buckingham Palace. Not a great example of Classical architecture. The rear is much nicer.
Much better before the add-ons


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Old May 19th, 2017, 08:56 PM   #292
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Old May 19th, 2017, 10:41 PM   #293
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Off topic but the Newcastle Civic Centre is beautiful. More akin to Brasilia than Toon, dominating the view from both Universities, miss it, graduation in there great memories.
More appropriate to the thread this Motel whatever the fcuk it is can not pass through planning. Just pure dogshite from the 'architects'.
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Old May 20th, 2017, 10:24 AM   #294
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Off topic but the Newcastle Civic Centre is beautiful. More akin to Brasilia than Toon, dominating the view from both Universities, miss it, graduation in there great memories.
More appropriate to the thread this Motel whatever the fcuk it is can not pass through planning. Just pure dogshite from the 'architects'.
Continuing the off-topic-ness, with Newcastle Civic Centre the beauty is in the detail. It's a stunning building, and the landscaping surrounding it continues the modernist theme and does, in my opinion, look like a 1960s Bond villain lair








But even when I tell people I love this building and point out the beautiful brickwork, and the almost art-deco detailing, they almost always scrunch up their faces and ask "why?! It's such an ugly building!!!" I believe this shows how universally disliked modernism is - it may have some beautiful examples but on the whole, as an architectural movement (and compared to arts and crafts, classicism, art deco etc), it's produced some pretty disgraceful stuff and I believe its clean, straight lines and simple facades is nowadays used as an excuse to simply produce lazy, cheap designs and call it something which sounds impressive.
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Old May 20th, 2017, 01:01 PM   #295
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Love the contrast it has to the Victorian (I think) church and gardens in the foreground. Really is a gem Newcastle. Sorry for skewing this thread but I'd again rather focus on anything rather than Motel St Peters, if someone took a picture of a bowel movement and posted a comparison to the Bristol stool chart I'd be more impressed.
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