I'm almost nostalgic for when I used to visit the India Office library in the old Orbit House on the site.
I still don't understand the new name!
"A public place in ancient Greece for training and practice in wrestling and other athletics. "
Middle English palestre, from Old French, from Latin palaestra, from Greek palaistra, from palaiein, to wrestle."
Is this some over-complicated reference to the nearby former "Ring"???
I read in today's Evening Standard property section, that the London Development Agengy, that oversees regeneration in the capital was rumoured to move to Palestra... (two page feature, titled "Southwark sharpens up", loads of property around here, including Tabard Square)
We had a little conversation about this monster in the Nelson Square thread:
More scandalous in the Evening Standard yesterday was the story of the horrible St.George and the Vauxhall Tower. They are due to start building their tower on our parking lot in Metro Central opposite the Coronet...watch out for how awful our lives are going to be for two years - and we want to know what St.George said/offered to the Mayor to get THAT passed. But the Vauxhall Tower is absolutely outrageous. I called the ES and told them they should do some in depth investigation of how St.George manage to get any and every application passed by hook or by crook.
Not quite. It was reported in the Estates Gazette back in September that the London Development Agency (currently at St Katharine's Dock) and some of the Mayor's other agencies were looking at taking space at Palestra to use it as an annexe to City Hall.
I separate what I would like as a graphic design from what I think works in the urban environment.
If it was a graphic design I would like it.
But the bulbous top heavy shape and shear size of this building .creates an effect of overpowering banality
I like modern art,but I don't agree with treating the urban environment like an oversized exhibit in the turner prize.