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Looking at the streetscape shots, feels little dull in form - but up close feels quite refined and will probably be very pleeasant at ground level. Interesting they are bringing back Orange St, and hopefully that courtyard will be lively.
 

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Glad to see something finally happen here, the current building makes poor use of the land around it and adds limited street level activity. I presume they're keeping the building that faces Southampton Row?
 

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This is very nice, the different colours, surfaces and heights lend well. It looks like the plot will be split in two, thereby restoring an old route (that the existing building displaced) and in the process create a new courtyard. The pleasant building directly on Southampton Row remains.

There are several other sites around Red Lion Square that are looking a bit dated, and there is scope to pedestrianise most of the square and remove a lot of vehicle parking.
 

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Nice buildings, new courtyard, restored lost streets. This is the way to go. Could it be, that at long last, we are beginning to correct the mistakes of crass post war development..
 

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Nice buildings, new courtyard, restored lost streets. This is the way to go. Could it be, that at long last, we are beginning to correct the mistakes of crass post war development..
There seems at last to be a reaction to all the unsuitable blandness of so many London developments from not only the 60’s and 70’s but also the poorer examples of post modernism. It’s great to see these new builds with good materials and more interesting facades. Hopefully we will also see the boring, banal and cheaply finished glass and steel efforts from the early 2000’s start to bite the dust, they are totally alien to the traditional London cityscape which made the city so famous and attractive.
 

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There seems at last to be a reaction to all the unsuitable blandness of so many London developments from not only the 60’s and 70’s but also the poorer examples of post modernism. It’s great to see these new builds with good materials and more interesting facades. Hopefully we will also see the boring, banal and cheaply finished glass and steel efforts from the early 2000’s start to bite the dust, they are totally alien to the traditional London cityscape which made the city so famous and attractive.
There seems to be an emerging trend of Neo Art Deco style in these new builds, I do hope this continues as Art Deco revival is long overdue and it's already growing strong in America. I think in the next 10 year, we'll start to see ornamentations making a comeback, albeit not in the traditional language per se to bring more character to replace the bland post war developments.
 
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