Nieuw architecten

Not sure about you, but I am less and less interested in the showy new, nouveu riche, architecture of Dubai and China. With the northern European architects I constantly find much more to enjoy, where sensitivity to place and context is job 1, but not reduced to neo classical kitsch or Quinlan Terry faux Nash terraces (see Richmond Riverside) – one good example is the work of NL Architects.

By 2014 Groningen will have a striking new building on one side of the Grote Markt that I will want to visit, with NL winning the design competition. The Groninger Forum will be (dread phrase) a “cultural centre”, but perhaps like the Pompidou Centre will go from alien to much loved in as little as 20 years…

On the NL website the flythroughs and walkthroughs are particularly good, giving a sense of how the building will work.

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2 responses to “Nieuw architecten

  1. This looks inspiring. Good new architecture has so much to offer.

    I wonder if the monstrosities in Dubai and China will one day be regarded like the stalinist towers of Moscow as simply a historical curiosity?

  2. Agreed!

    Having spent the last few days in Brighton do you think they would be so brave with the upcoming redesign of the Conference Centre?

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