I really like the design of the new building, and in fact all the new buildings at IC. Surely Imperial should look modern, isn't it supposed to be researching modern/cutting-edge fields in science and technology?
Found it - my lab goes sometime between 2014 and 2016, and my office goes [https://www8.imperial.ac.uk/content/dav/ad/workspaces/southeastquadrantprogramme/publications/SEQ%20Programme%20Schedule%202009_03.pdf|late next year].
I have to disagree with post 5. The new buildings which have been constructed at IC in the last few years do not demonstrate our research in modern/cutting edge fields, they demonstrate the lack of coordination and continity between the projects. The blue cube sits next to the bright pink canopy outsite Bessemer, the Tanaka building with it's tall white steel columns is unlike anything on campus and the new entrance to the library just looks as though it's a last minute afterthought. If one walks around college, looking at the buildings you cannot tell me that there has been any effort to create continuity between the new developments or even to make them attractive or impressive to visitors. I've never been a fan of the 'Steel & Glass' architecture anyway but I fully associate with the views of many residents that new buildings in the South Ken area should be in keeping with the existing architecture and not brash, bold, modern structures such as that being proposed.
I've no problems with modern architecture but all the recent buildings at Imperial (SAFB, Cube, Tanaka - Princes Gardens is a series of cod-Victorian pastiches so not really architecture) have been preety insipid and uninspiring. The College has gone for Foster on the cheap and it shows.
At least the SEQ looks interesting. It may echo Huxley a bit much but that aside it's good.
Rumour in the office yesterday (from someone's "friend" in Foster and partner) was that college had lost ?millions as a concequence of this. That doesn't seem quite right to me - much too much. I've also heard a rumour that they might not be demolishing the black tower owing to a general lack of cash.