RIBA slates the Dome

The Millennium Dome has come under fire again, following a visit by the Royal Institute of British Architects. A number of architects were quick to criticise the Dome’s contents, despite work being incomplete.

The Millennium Dome has come under fire again, following a visit by the Royal Institute of British Architects.

A number of architects were quick to criticise the Dome’s contents, despite work being incomplete.

The main gripes, according to reports, were disappointing designs, poor layouts and a lack of continuity between zones.

Evening Standard architecture critic Rowan Moore this week described the Dome’s interiors as “a mush”, with only limited time to be rescued.

Others in the design community were quick to come to the Dome’s defence. Adcock Clayton Associates partner Neil Clayton, working with McDonalds at the Dome, says: “To be fair, you have got to wait until things are completed. It’s not fair to pre-judge the designs until all the finishing has been done. We all know that even two or three days before the end of an interiors project, a place can look like a building site.”

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