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Facadism - Guardian article

PostMon Aug 25, 2014 10:52 am

The Guardian has a pop at Altalusso as an example of 'facadism' at its worst.

http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/architecture-design-blog/2014/aug/25/front-facade-bad-developments-ruining-historic-buildings

But too often, it remains a token gesture, even a -wilful two fingers up to the conservation officer, facades left butchered and awkwardly marooned, as if to say: “You made us keep it, and just see how you like it now.”

One such battle is evident in Cardiff, in a form of facadist high farce, where the rusticated stone frontage of the Victorian New College building lies stranded at the base of a gleaming white apartment tower. It looks like a discarded husk from which the monumental shaft has sprouted, a tiny scrap of history at the bottom of the 23-storey monster.


Hard to disagree although we do have some good uses of existing facades too.
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Re: Facadism - Guardian article

PostMon Aug 25, 2014 12:10 pm

Not sure I'd describe the Altalusso building as 'gleaming'.

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