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Old February 15th, 2013, 10:05 PM   #281
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wow. i'd seen earlier proposals for *something* on here but had no idea they'd do this.
Shame the development didn't rid the street of the building on the corner.
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Old February 17th, 2013, 10:31 PM   #282
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They're not hanging around - after getting planning in January, demolition has already started on York House, the site of the Urbanest student residence at the south end of Westminster Bridge - site now surrounded by lime green hoardings, scaffolding up, and quite a lot of activity in the building with what looks like a strip out underway.
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Old February 18th, 2013, 10:49 PM   #283
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Debenhams should be starting on it's refurbishment soon.

As it was not going to contemplate closure with taking off it dour concrete skin, it's going to open up the corners with glass displays and cover the rest in a translucent skin that should especially good at night.

There will also be a big internal refit.













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Old February 18th, 2013, 10:56 PM   #284
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Yes I think this is going to look quite fun.
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Old February 18th, 2013, 11:31 PM   #285
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Looks damn good...London just doesn't stop does it?
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Old February 20th, 2013, 03:03 PM   #286
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Debenhams looks great in those renders, much needed as it is definitely the poor cousin to John Lewis and HoF on Oxford St at present.
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Old February 20th, 2013, 05:40 PM   #287
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I suppose it will be an improvement in a way. But personally I find town-centre developments like this, where large shops start to look like big lumps of shiny plastic, tacky.
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Old February 20th, 2013, 05:45 PM   #288
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I disagree, retail is meant to be fantastical and eye catching, like Selfridges, Libertys and the M&M store. With the high street dying all around it desperately needs to create an appropriate response. Most of the post war build including the latest developments along Oxford Street are either pokey or dull or both. A strange mixture for flagship retail.

Oxford Street should be more like Ginza in Tokyo and would top it minus the traffic.
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Old February 20th, 2013, 06:01 PM   #289
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Not sure if this has found it's way onto the site anywhere.

50 Camelite (former daily mail office on Victoria Embankment) is being reclad to make it more sympathetic to its neighbouring buildings.

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http://www.freeofficefinder.com/offi...-office-space/
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Old February 20th, 2013, 06:06 PM   #290
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well that doesnt work at all. What are they thinking.

the existing white contrast helps the older red brick buildings either side stand on their own so the obvious modern office floor heights and heavy po mo effects dont spoil things.

The new plan just merges it all uncomfortably and induces a headache.

The vertical bit on the left is the only successful part. If that were a story higher and the rest 1 story lower it might pass.
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Old February 20th, 2013, 06:21 PM   #291
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The motion and movement on the Debenhams building will be a fantastic visual - constantly changing as you walk towards and past by the building. Oxford street is actually producing some decent contemporary architecture since Crossrail has started construction, just a shame the general urban realm hasn't caught up.
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@potto, I think most people agree with you re retail; the truth is I'm with you when it looks like Selfridges and not when it looks like Liberty or M&Ms. Personal taste, I guess.

Completely agree re 50 Camelite - there may be good reasons for the reclad, but if sympathy for its neighbours is the rationale then it's a complete failure.
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Old February 20th, 2013, 06:57 PM   #293
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I suspect it is trying to squeeze out maximum floorplate as well. However, I work nearby and got a chance to eyeball the 'scoping doc' or whatever it is officially called. One of their aims was to improve the rythm of that part of the embankment.

I quite liked the existing building myself. It certainly didn't stand out as being particularly nasty. It is opposite sea containers house and that side of the river has far more aesthetic sins.

Also, it is already a mixture of white stone and red brick older buildings so I really cant see the need for brick cladding. Looking at the render again it is really just a typical modern box with what will probably look like fairly cheap strips of immitation brick cladding.
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Not sure if this has found it's way onto the site anywhere.

50 Camelite (former daily mail office on Victoria Embankment) is being reclad to make it more sympathetic to its neighbouring buildings.

Now :



Plan :




http://www.freeofficefinder.com/offi...-office-space/
Is it impossible for architects to design something delicate and uplifting along the river. This is not a good design for its location another Lumpen building with no contextual understanding or beauty.
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Old February 21st, 2013, 02:48 AM   #295
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^ tis true.....the buildings near the millennium bridge on the north bank are very bad
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Old February 21st, 2013, 11:50 AM   #296
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The City of London Boys School I can accept, the color is a nice contrast to the white stone of St Paul's, but the two buildings on the far left I hate with a passion, especially the one with the green roof. The way it obstructs the cathedral from some views to the SW is shocking.



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Old February 21st, 2013, 11:53 AM   #297
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The motion and movement on the Debenhams building will be a fantastic visual - constantly changing as you walk towards and past by the building. Oxford street is actually producing some decent contemporary architecture since Crossrail has started construction, just a shame the general urban realm hasn't caught up.
it's quite exciting. i haven't seen a mention of ned kahn here but he's the one who has actually designed the facade. he's a sculptor who is famous for exploiting fluid mechanics in his works. this should, in theory, see the facade ripple and reflect wind patterns. he's done it successfully in other places so it should work here too.

http://nedkahn.com/

it's going to be really exciting.
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Old February 21st, 2013, 12:17 PM   #298
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Absolutley, his work is really great.

I've said a number of times how bad the Debenhams department store looks and feels, It's a wonder anyone actually still goes in with its bad eighties decor, cheap fixtures and fittings. I'm really pleasantly surprised that they have gone for something so bold when we all know they could have 'tarted it up' a little on the cheap.

This feels like a great step in the right direction, a typical High Street this is not, stores on Oxford street should be an experience like no other found around the country.
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Old February 21st, 2013, 10:48 PM   #300
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The City of London Boys School I can accept, the color is a nice contrast to the white stone of St Paul's, but the two buildings on the far left I hate with a passion, especially the one with the green roof. The way it obstructs the cathedral from some views to the SW is shocking.


really? I find it a cheap looking building not befitting its location personally.
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