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O.K. I know, I know this doesn’t really deserve its own thread but at the moment its lurking in the London Wall thread and bits of threads elsewhere so I thought as it is in a significant location (and to make it easier to update) I’d start one.

http://www.fosterandpartners.com/Projects/1301/Default.aspx

“The scheme for a 170 bedroom hotel and 90 apartments creates a new landmark frontage in this prominent location at the east end of The Strand. The project combines the restoration of the listed façade of Marconi House with a new Portland Stone building. The design integrates the existing building and contemporary additions.”

“The corner plot was developed in 1903 with the construction of the Gaiety Theatre and a Masonic Lodge, with conversion of the lodge in 1911 to offices for Marconi. 'Marconi House' became the site of the BBC’s very first radio broadcast (a news bulletin) on 14 November 1922. Bomb damage in World War II instigated the closure of the theatre, to be replaced with the English Electric Building in the 1950s, with the entire building being converted to Citibank House in the 1970s.”







The majority of the existing structure is being demolished by Cantillon Demolition to enable construction of the new 11-storey Silken Hotel. This enabling works package involves the retention of the original 1903 façade around the Marconi House site of the building, as well as construction of a three storey basement below pavement level.









Anyway, the reason for all the above is that the windows and inner part of the facade have started to go up. IMO this building desperately needs the cladding to be top-notch in order to lift the design - here's hoping.





 

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God this building is so bland. My bus goes past here every day, and when I see the other buildings around it... all of them so grand, ornate and beautiful... To be honest I'm amazed this got planning permission. It will stick out like a sore thumb. Added to which, it looms over Somerset House.


 

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Some sort of small Cardinal Place building would have fit in that site perfectly. Something bold and opening up the vista towards the church further east.

Now Foster is trying to hard to get attention with something rather bland, even if he's got the cladding right, the use he makes of the site is not adequate considering the grand decor.
 

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eeek, fugly bugly! Featureless and with a stumpy top. Is surrounded by lanes of heavy traffic and the thundersome entry to Waterloo Bridge, but surely that could have done better?
 

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God this building is so bland. My bus goes past here every day, and when I see the other buildings around it... all of them so grand, ornate and beautiful... To be honest I'm amazed this got planning permission. It will stick out like a sore thumb. Added to which, it looms over Somerset House.

100% agreed! the circular 'tower' on the corner looks naff. hopefully the cladding will add a bit to the building, but i'm not particularly hopeful based on the renders.
what bus do you get? i go past it on the bus every day on the way into work TOO!
 

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I used to work in the Novello theatre just opposite this Hotel, and it seems like it has been underconstruction forever! I agree the shape is very unforgiving and just looks so bland, in what is a beautiful part of the west end, lets just hope it surprises us!
 

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I have railed against this building for some time now - it is an absolute disgrace that such a poor building should blight such importent site in the heart of the West End. Foster should hang his head in Shame. This Hotel building belongs next to a motorway by an airport - even then it would be bad! How can people stop Ian Richoes Towers, complain about LBT and 'Classic Views' etc then stand by and see crap like this go through?:eek:hno::eek:hno:
 

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Nasty - at the very best it looks like something out of Buck Rodgers, at the worse it is befitting of a place with the other cut price furniture shops on the North Circular.
 

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this sort of building only looks good at night, which is not really the basis of a great building. How this was allowed to be built is just bizarre. Its so devoid of joy.
 
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