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Tuesday, October 12, 2004

The mollusc

The editor of the architect's magazine 'Touchstone' pleads for us to give the Wales Millennium Centre a chance and to judge it by its interior rather than what it looks like on the outside.

He says that using terms like 'the bump', 'the slug', (both new ones on me) or 'the armadillo' could become terms of abuse and lead to the building being dismissed as insignificant.

Of course nobody could term the £110 million this monstrosity cost as 'insignificant' but he is right to say that it should judged on its interior and its performance as an arts venue. If its appearance were the only factor then in my biased and entirely subjective view we would have wasted a lot of public cash.

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