Just saw this projected aerial view:
Is it just me or does the design look somewhat incongruous to the surroundings? My view is that the blocks of what I assume are student residents are too dense and that it would benefit from more open space between the buildings rather than a dense system of courtyards surrounded by masses of empty space.
I seriously hope that's just some sort of rough layout plan, and it ends up looking nothing remotely like that.
Is the architect Russian? It reminds one of the Soviet era - the sort of place they would send party activists for their summer holiday!
Edwina Hart is taking the penthouse suite
It reminds me of all of those brownstones in New York, and it does indeed have a communist vibe to it.
Wales' relentless march towards 1950s Tblisi continues unabated. yet you mock. we really do have a lack of ambition here in Wales
We certsinly seem to have a lack of artistic architects! Perhaps architects are taught that awful designs make more money
It does indeed look awful although is that just an indicative render or what will actually get built? However I think the accusation of lack of ambition is off the mark. A new 450m campus is being constructed in what is a very small city on the western periphery of the UK and which is currently ranked outside of the top 40 universities in the UK with what looks like some interesting hook ups with large multi national companies.
The fact that the architecture looks to be uninspiring is disappointing and purely on a subjective view you could argue that those commissioning the buildings lack taste but I don't think they lack ambition.
And I don't buy this idea that you can take an isolated development in Swansea that doesn't look too pretty and then extrapolate that to mean that the whole of Wales lacks ambition. The last university building built in south Wales is, I think, the RWCMD which I'd rate as superb (as do all the architecture critics).
The new Maindy Campus building is pants though
These are the documents comprising the planning application - far too many for me to be arsed looking for pretty pictures I'm afraid.
I think there are new uni buildings in bangor too, although i dont know what they look like.
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