Is Starchitecture Over?

The Nottingham Contemporary, a stark new museum building in London, exhibits none of the architectural excess of the past several years in contemporary architecture, says critic Tom Dyckhoff.

Dyckoff writes, "First impressions: crikey, it's austere. Nottingham Contemporary, the city's long-awaited new modern art gallery, might well be roofed in gold and fringed in lace, but when you first spy it, turning the corner from Middle Pavement, you're greeted with a wall of precast concrete, tinted pale green (yes, green concrete) but precast concrete all the same. The local papers have called it a concrete bunker and on a drizzly Friday in November you can see why. This, ladies and gentlemen, is an anti-icon."

Full Story: As the recession forces an end to the age of architecture built on excess, we should celebrate the austerity of Nottingham Conte

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