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Sunday, June 19, 2011

Portcullis House

You might wonder what this building is, just to the north of Westminster Bridge; it is Portcullis House, built recently as offices for MPs. Those strange chimneys you see are part of the "passive" air conditioning system. What it is known for in particular, is the huge cost overrun, creating a palatial interior which cost over £1,000,000 for each MP housed. The public enquiry report into this was never published. Clearly excellent value, eh?

posted by Ham at 06:53 -- Comments here: 2

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Anonymous Anonymous said ... (21:51) : 

It's unfortunate this is known mostly for being such a boondoggle of self-indulgence. It's always been one of my favorites, an outstanding example of how to combine both modern and traditional architecture and design into a single building. The chimneys are so evocative of the days of the "London Fog."

Buildings like City Hall and the National Theatre will probably look dated and out of time after fifty years. NatWest and Lloyds will just be unattractive hulks, and the Shard will be regarded more for its iconoclasm than actual design. But like the Prudential building, Portcullis should still look great in another 100 years.


Blogger Poshpinkellie said ... (12:29) : 

An amazing looking building, especially from the air as seen during London Marathon coverage! Interesting blog too! Thanks :)


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