Saturday 23 October 1993
Hammersmith lost the opportunity of building Sir Norman Foster's Public Park in the 1980s. Instead Bredero put up this building called Centre West which houses Coca-Cola's headquarters. What on earth went wrong? It is one of the worst buildings in London. They missed out on Foster's light, transparent approach. It is a disastrous environment for pedestrians and the top of the building looks like a crematorium. The sickly brown colour is typical of Hammersmith's recent buildings. They seem to have this idea that brown is beautiful. It will be a destructive landmark for years to come.
The problem is that we are not actually acknowledging its importance as the front door of London. People are always going on about the area around St Paul's but everyone, even the Queen, uses this route - it is of national significance. In the 18th century, parks and avenues ensured that the route was as much a part of the architecture as the building itself. If cities like Dallas or Perth can produce light, shining buildings, why can't we provide architecture which makes incoming visitors feel that London is an exciting place to be?
Richard Horden works in Golden Square, London. Recent projects include the Queen's Stand, Epsom and the Glasgow Wing Tower
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Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Scottish independence: Ireland since 1919 is a lesson for Scotland in what a Yes vote means
- 2 Thailand deaths: Pair's bloodied bodies found naked on Koh Tao beach
- 3 Vogue under fire for 'Big Booty' article
- 4 Daniele Watts: Django Unchained actress detained by Los Angeles police after being mistaken for a prostitute
- 5 Kanye West stops concert after two fans don't stand up - doesn't realise one is in wheelchair and the other disabled
Robin Thicke admits he didn't write 'Blurred Lines'
Lego breaks out of the toy box and heads for the gallery
Cilla, ITV, review: Sheridan Smith embodies the young singer perfectly
Doctor Who, Listen, review: Possibly Steven Moffat's most terrifying episode
Tyler, The Creator says having new U2 album automatically downloaded on his iPhone was 'like waking up with herpes'
Daniele Watts: Django Unchained actress detained by Los Angeles police after being mistaken for a prostitute
The political class is doing what Hitler couldn’t – destroying Britain
Scottish independence: Nationalist leader Jim Sillars threatens pro-union companies with 'day of reckoning' after independence
Scottish independence: Yes campaign feels the heat as Alex Salmond's NHS claims come under furious attack
£23m Birmingham cycle scheme is attacked by Tory councillor for not catering to the elderly
Portuguese academic says British are 'filthy, violent and drunk'