A missed opportunity on the waterfront
Sir, - Having seen your picture of the new Victoria and Albert museum on the front of Tuesday’s Courier, is it just me or have we demolished one concrete montrosity (Tayside House) from the prime waterfront site and replaced it with an even bigger concrete eyesore (the V&A)?
It looks like two inverted pyramids and partially blocks out the historic “Discovery” which looked absolutely outstanding in its berth alongside Discovery Point.
If this is the best some architect, apparently renowned and revered around the world, can come up with then God help us.
I believe he (V&A architect Kengo Kuma) also donated the pile of log offcuts at the side of the green area of Slessor Gardens.
The reasons behind the creation of this strange little building is unclear.
Perhaps this was a failed attempt at a public convenience?
Or is it designed as a hut for the gardeners within which to keep their machinery?
Perhaps it is intended as a sociable place where workers can enjoy their tea break.
I cannot help but think an opportunity has been missed.
There are opportunities — the old Custom House nearby is begging to be developed.
Meanwhile, nearby the Malmaison Hotel has made a fabulous job of updating an old building in the area.
One wonders why we had to blot the waterfront landscape with this distinctly disappointing eyesore.
Thomas G Mitchell. 7 Links Avenue, Carnoustie.
The V&A, pictured during external construction works, is dividing opinion.