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Old March 15th, 2015, 10:04 PM   #601
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Old March 21st, 2015, 12:56 AM   #602
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Old March 21st, 2015, 04:33 AM   #603
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walked past this the other night. Words cant express what an ugly, blocky piece of shit this is. The flapping bits of half torn off plastic at its edges accentuate its supreme ugliness. And in such a prominent position as well. Shame on UBS. As if it needed more.
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Old March 21st, 2015, 09:19 PM   #604
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Going against the flow on this one. Went to see it the other day. I not only liked it - I liked it a lot!
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Old March 22nd, 2015, 02:37 AM   #605
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It's the zig-zag pattern down the sides I'm opposed to - I don't know if it's conscious throwback, but it does immediately put me in mind of Smash Hits annuals and Studio Line hair gel, and other artifacts from the 1980s history has either repressed or just forgotten. Being generous, I suppose motifs like that do at least assimilate the design within the context of the existing PoMo builds around it; though I'd still rather it wasn't there. And, this being London, in 25 years time it probably won't be.
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Old March 22nd, 2015, 03:29 AM   #606
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One of the biggest problems I have with this development is that I really liked what it has replaced. I liked the red granite and the consistency of the Broadgate buildings and now they're all disappearing. Personally, I find this building abhorrent. For such a squat building it's just so monolithic and bland. Adversely, I think a taller building would look less intrusive than this heap of nothingness. Obviously just a personal perspective.
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To me it looks like it was designed by Bang & Olufsen.
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Old March 22nd, 2015, 05:22 AM   #608
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To me it looks like it was designed by Bang & Olufsen.


although I've come to strangely, cautiously, maybe even guiltily like this building... I think.... these comments are hilarious, which they wouldn't be without a ring of truth!
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I know I'm in a small minority of people who not only don't mind this new structure but actually quite like it. The other morning I felt compelled to take the following photo - sorry it's not wider, my iPhone couldn't do any better.



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I like it too.
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if you ignore the diagonal windows in the middle, its quite a nice building, because the vertical and the horizontal flows are nicely balanced, and go well with the material.

Sadly though, its impossible to ignore the diagonal windows in the middle. Honestly, what were they thinking??! Just glaze the whole staircase in a neat vertical block!
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I like the diagonal windows.
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I've always liked it but have to say it's in the wrong place. Next to the new US Embassy would have worked as a bit of competition.
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The more I see it the more I like it. It is bold, striking and evocative - prompting thoughts fortress's and sci fi movies. I like the soft sheen of the cladding and it's bulky, boxy presence.
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Old April 16th, 2015, 04:05 PM   #615
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Broadgate circus now much improved replacing the fiddly rabbit warren approach to a cleaner clearer look




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Old April 16th, 2015, 05:51 PM   #616
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I too like this building. It's something different and unusual but I think in a good way. I haven't seen the cladding in real life, but it looks pretty good - metallic looking.
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Still not convinced by the circle, it's just a bit...uh, ugly and pointless. It just looks so irrelevant
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