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Like a sore thumb
10:05am Saturday 19th May 2012 in Letters
STONEBOW is a prime example of architecture not suited to its surroundings, along with obscuring more favourable buildings of historical importance which will stand the test of time.
Not only is the Stonebow building reminiscent of a 1960s-style of office structure, but I remember in inner cities good quality housing being demolished to make way for large housing complexes later described as concrete jungle. Even to this day, these have become warrens of criminal activity, bringing misery to occupants and visitors alike. The generation of architects born of that era brought many changes, but unfortunately standards in building declined.
With hindsight, the Stonebow model, instead of designing a concrete bunker externally, could at least have had a York stone facia which would have been more in keeping and less of an eyesore.
Kenneth Bowker, Vesper Walk, Huntington, York.