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11 months ago
How do you feel about the building design principles?
Do you have any particular comments about the building design principles?
It's hideous. Have we somehow been timewarped back to one of the ugliest architectural periods of the last 60 years?
There is absolutely nothing to like about the building designs for this development; cheap, utilitarian, brutalist slums of the future. In this instance, no amount of lipstick will improve the pig(s).
Surely in the 21st Century, there's someone out there with the imagination to create something inspiring? Look to The Netherlands, Sweeden, et-al for inspiration.
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12 months ago
Some of the ugliest buildings I have ever seen. The fake tip of the hat towards "classic" and "local" materials, used to mask an utterly disgusting brutalist, communist style of building which no-one in the town will love or enjoy. It seems a common, intentional theme in modern architectural design: make some thing as big and bland as possible, with tiny care given to human touches, flourish or actual deign embellishments. We are going to fill this site with garbage, by the looks of it.
The depictions give a feeling of openess and space where in reality, so many high rise bulidings crammed into such a small area will be much more claustrophobic and industrial. There will be much less light as the tall buildings are so close together.This vision would be better used in a larger area such as Blackbrook Business Park, where this type of building already exists and would certainly look less out of place. Firepool is part of the Town Centre and the designs should be approached more sympathetically to blend in with the Town buildings already present. I agree modern and green building methods need to be used in the planned constructions, but so much glass and steel in high rise constructions is not really aesthetically acceptable. Taunton, I am sure, can evolve and modernise in the 21st century, with less ambitious designs which are more pleasing to the eye and not just for maximising profit.
The idea of stepped areas where people can sit is also being rather ambitious. Areas like this already exist in Taunton and the vast majority are under-used even in good weather. Our climate does not realistically lend itself to outside seating for much of the year because it is too wet and cold to do so. It would really need to have some form of sheltered covering to make it worthwhile to have this feature.
about 1 year ago
The hight of the apartments looks over bearing and 8 floors is too high. Previous years stated no higher than 6. The viador building NOT in keeping with collar factory. More trees needed