A missed op­por­tu­nity on the wa­ter­front

The Courier & Advertiser (Dundee Edition) - - COMMENT -

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.

Pic­ture: DC Thom­son.

The V&A, pic­tured dur­ing ex­ter­nal con­struc­tion works, is di­vid­ing opin­ion.

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