Great Court

Film shoot today at the Great Court of the British Museum where the Germany: Memories of a Nation show is on. I remember the engineer of the roof – Chris Williams telling me how each pane of glass was different. I’ve always been a little suspicious of Norman Foster’s Coldplay-esque corporate architecture which is full of empty gestures and lacks any real desire to go beyond a simple technical solution, but actually, I’d forgotten how much I liked this roof – which is a real technical feat. It is a big span steel glazed roof in the tradition of one of Brunel’s railway sheds. I still think Foster represents too much of which scares me in architecture: uncritical practice. As a colleague of mine once said: History won’t be kind to Foster. Nice ’53 Vee-Dub though.

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