Buildings it approves of include Bracken House, the remodelled former Financial Times building near St Paul's Cathedral, and the forthcoming parliamentary building above Westminster Underground station - both designed by Michael Hopkins, a member of the commission. Others include 62 Cornhill in the City of London, an office building designed by the Rolfe Judd Partnership, which marries modern and traditional styles; the Financial Times printing works in Docklands by Nicholas Grimshaw & Partners; the Economist Building by Peter and Alison Smithson; and an office building in Old Marylebone Road, London, which the commission criticised at the time of its design.
Mr Brooke said he commissioned the report because he wanted to encourage well designed buildings, although it remains to be seen how much of the commission's carefully crafted prose will strike a chord with the public, particularly members of planning committees - most of whom would prefer more buildings like the Marco Polo, not fewer.
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