Although the replacement appears hardly inspiring, I have no sadness for the removal of this ugly Seifert block and totally out of context for this part of London.
Looking again at the photos, I am probably being a little harsh (and it's not possible to have a full impression of the proposed new building). But the current hotel, for all its clunkiness at least has the look of purposeful design whereas the replacement looks like a bland collection of right-angles and not much else. Disappointing, to say the least.How?
Yes, why? This is a pretty residential neighbourhood and 85m is far too high. Perhaps if this building sat alongside the Barbican estate we'd say let it stay as it could be argued to be somewhat complimenting its setting, but alongside Victorian terraces and towering above neighbouring streets it doesn’t, plus I very much doubt you’d find much, if any local opposition to its demolition."With that said, I would be disappointed if the height of the new tower got shortened to below 85 metres".
Well, the existing building has a height of 84 meters, and RetroSpecs suggested the height of the new building may be similar.Yes, why? This is a pretty residential neighbourhood and 85m is far too high.
Plus, there's every chance you shouldn't have allowed the Holiday Inn Kensington Forum Hotel to get built in the first place.It's only happening as the local council probably won't allow any high buildings outside of replacements for existing ones.
Building owner Queensgate Investments and developer Rockwell said the 28-storey Seifert building had an outdated layout, was increasingly costly to maintain, had limited capacity for upgrading, and spoke a 'monotonous architectural language'.