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Beauty in the eye of the beholder

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Caledonai14 Fri 31-May-19 08:54:34

Not terribly impressed with most of what the Royal Incorporation of Architects think are the 10 most beautiful buildings in Scotland in 2019.

...or am I being unreasonable?

Luckygirl Fri 31-May-19 09:00:14

Gosh! - I do see what you mean - they are all truly horrid. Dear me.

DoraMarr Fri 31-May-19 09:19:58

I like them, especially the V&A Dundee and Broomlands primary school. They are innovative and thoughtful, I think, and entirely fit for purpose. I like the spiky roof at the school, which provides shelter for outdoor learning. I recently visited the Guggenheim in Bilbao, which has provided the impetus- and the tourist money-for a lovely regeneration of what was a dreary post- industrial area bordering the river. I think good architecture has the ability to do this, and improve the lives of the people who live there. I hope the children have a lot of fun in their new school!

Caledonai14 Fri 31-May-19 09:29:20

Everyone's opinion is valid and welcome. I hope the children don't fall down those enormous steps and - given the horizontal rain we sometimes get in Scotland - I'm struggling to see how much extra outdoor space those tilted wings will actually give. I'd love to be proved wrong, of course. grin

BradfordLass72 Fri 31-May-19 09:33:34

I don't wonder Prince Charles despairs of modern architecture. Only 2 on that list that are not actually scary.

ninathenana Fri 31-May-19 09:36:46

Love all things Mackintosh, as for the rest confused

Lazigirl Fri 31-May-19 09:45:19

I love modern architecture, and in particular liked the V&A in Dundee, and the school. I agree with you DoraM, some modern public buildings such as the Guggenheim can breathe new life into a run down area.

annodomini Fri 31-May-19 10:04:56

I'm looking forward to seeing the V&A next week. The only other one I'd give the time of day to is the Willow restoration.

lovebeigecardigans1955 Fri 31-May-19 10:08:12

Weird, aren't they? Is that the buildings or the architects? Both, I suspect. I fear that many modern buildings are difficult to love.

ditzyme Fri 31-May-19 10:08:30

Agree with you, is it an age thing do you think? Do we prefer the old and familiar to the new and challenging, do they take us out of our comfort zone. I like some modern architecture, but the history of older buildings appeals greatly.

Shinyredcar Fri 31-May-19 10:22:23

Some of them look fine, but the question is, do they work? Are those floor to-ceiling-window offices light but not glaring, warm but not roasting? Do they make people nervous on the higher floors?
I can't believe the pointy projections on the school will stop even a drop of rain and not a breath of wind, to permit the planned outside working. It wouldn't work here in South West England, never mind in Scotland.
And when, like Doramarr, I went to the Bilbao Guggenheim last year, I was deeply disappointed. Access was via long flights of marble steps. The walls were curved, useless for displaying paintings. It was as if the architect had decided the building was to be the art, not the contents.
But my new conversion and extension beside my family's house is a triumph of multi-purpose, compact, easy to run, design. So not all new architecture is bad!

maddyone Fri 31-May-19 10:31:19

Oh dear!

Blinko Fri 31-May-19 10:36:46

I just love the V&A Dundee and I rather liked the Black House. The only one I thought was 'ordinary-looking' was the Blood Transfusion Centre, though it could be brilliant inside or viewed from another angle.

Overall, I thought the buildings were fascinating. I do like that architecture can push at boundaries and present innovative solutions.

Craftycat Fri 31-May-19 10:43:33

I like most of them- especially the McIntosh window.
I remember about 20 years ago a building in Dorking won an award - I think it was the council offices or something. It was a total eyesore. It used to annoy me every morning on the way into work.
I guess it is just a personal thing.

Hm999 Fri 31-May-19 10:53:18

I love modern architecture - not wild about some of these, though the Mackintosh restoration is so very beautiful.
My worry about modern architecture is that some architects are more keen on trying to win awards, than on the practicalities for those who must live/work there. (Speaking from experience - new school, lovely outside, nightmare to work in, some classrooms with no outside windows!)

optimist Fri 31-May-19 10:59:36

Actually I like them all with the V&A Dundee being my favourite. Brave and Modern. Innovative and exciting. whats not to like?

aggie Fri 31-May-19 11:06:32

I like them all , and love some of them , agree about the shelter from the spiky roof but love the look

Greyduster Fri 31-May-19 11:24:15

I thought all but four of them were boring, but you can’t judge something boring by looking at the outside alone. And are the spaces practical? I do think architects struggle to make an impact sometimes.

Jane10 Fri 31-May-19 11:44:04

Oh dear indeed. I'm not impressed at all. So much style over substance.
I've been to the V&A in Dundee. It's a huge building with such large overhangs and angles that the actual space inside is much smaller than you'd expect. The point of a museum is the exhibits I'd have thought rather than the grossly expensive building.

sarahcyn Fri 31-May-19 11:50:55

I think you are being half unreasonable as there are some striking bits of domestic modern architecture there and the Mackintosh tea room looks amazing. But the Edinburgh blood transfusion centre? The architect must have had to schmooze a lot of the right people to get that into the list!

Saggi Fri 31-May-19 12:16:35

Thank goodness I live on London and for a bus ride can see ‘real’ architecture. Thank you Christopher are sorely missed.

humptydumpty Fri 31-May-19 12:18:09

I do like Mackintosh at the Willow

Molly10 Fri 31-May-19 12:33:21

I'm intrigued by all of them and would certainly look into them more.

The McIntosh tearooms are beautiful and instantly recognisable.

The Blood transfusion service must have a lovely environment to work in, surely.

I will definitely have a look further at these buildings when I have time.

annifrance Fri 31-May-19 12:34:45

Really, really like th e Black House, distillery, V&S and the Willow Tea Rooms.

The rest a 're either indifferent or truly awful and trying to be zeitgeist and failing.

dragonfly46 Fri 31-May-19 12:40:06

I agree with Dora I love them. I love the school and the museum especially.
I also love the Shard and Gherkin and other London buildings as they add character to the skyline.