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The Museum of London: a fundamental clash as the City of London dreams on


Sumary of The Museum of London: a fundamental clash as the City of London dreams on:

  • The move raises the contentious request of what to do with the buildings on the site, by the elegant postwar modernists Powell and Moya, which include the old museum and a 17-storey office tower called Bastion House.
  • Diller Scofidio + RenfroThey are, to be sure, fancy filing cabinets, bearing many pot plants.
  • The City of London the local authority-cum-business enterprise that owns the site wants to replace them with 780,000 square feet of offices and other uses.
  • The City of London says that it unviable to keep the old buildings; that Bastion House is too awkward for modern office users its ceilings too low, its floors too narrow, its structure risky, its walls poorly insulated.
  • Diller Scofidio + RenfroThe plans for the Museum of London site would merit from such a close engagement with what is already there, of a kind that made the High Line a park conjured out of an old elevated railway an inspiring place.
  • The project consists of three blocks, 17, 14 and five storeys high, designed by the British architects Sheppard Robson and the New York practice Diller Scofidio + Renfro, the latter forever esteemed for their work on the city High Line, and who also designed the cancelled concert hall.

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