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Architecture Old and New

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Architecture Old and New

21 Nov 2020 3:41PM   Views : 234 Unique : 167

I know times are very different, and materials and costs are also a totally different ball game, but I still think it's a pity that much modern architecture is so stark. To be fair, what I like equates much more to the crowded, busy interiors that are exemplified by the John Rylands Library in Manchester. A wonderful, gothic place that excites the imagination. And then we have the modern extension, welded onto the side of the old building and looking more Ikea than Gothic. I will admit that the open, spacious cafe and shop area are pleasant, but they waste space, as does the atrium that leads to the stairwells. The atrium is a classic example in my book of a total waste - it is just a large, open space that seems to have no connection with the humanity that passes through it with no sense of interaction.
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Or the areas leading to the lifts.
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I just find that so boring and bland. So, let's contrast that with some of the dark, gorgeous Gothic architecture of the old library buidling.
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But sadly, I doubt that many clients will pay for Gothic these days, so we may be stuck with glass, metal and concrete for some time.

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