Ex­pen­sive blot on the land­scape

Evening Telegraph (First Edition) - - Uk World Today -

I HAVE watched with in­ter­est as the new V&A mu­seum has grad­u­ally taken shape on the Water­front over the last cou­ple of years.

Hav­ing al­ways been rather du­bi­ous about the de­sign mer­its of the £80 mil­lion build­ing, noth­ing I have seen dur­ing the con­struc­tion phase has changed my mind. The dark, for­bod­ing struc­ture has been light­ened some­what by the ad­di­tion in re­cent months of the ex­ter­nal stone pan­els — which are meant to give the ap­pear­ance of a Scot­tish cliff face, so I am led to be­lieve.

Be­ing kind, it is cer­tainly an un­usual look­ing build­ing, and hope­fully the in­te­rior will jus­tify the hype.

In this part of the world it may be akin to heresy to say this, but to me I’m afraid it’s a blot on the land­scape — al­beit a very ex­pen­sive one.


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