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The Hive

This is the new public and University Library. Depending on who you listen to the design is supposed to represent the Malvern hills, Pottery kilns or just a pile of C**p which is an eyesore with its golden cladding. You pay your money and you take your choice. It would be fair to wait until it is finished before passing judgment, but I think most people locally have already made their minds up.


http://www.wlhc.org.uk/

The Hive

This is the new public and University Library. Depending on who you listen to the design is supposed to represent the Malvern hills, Pottery kilns or just a pile of C**p which is an eyesore with its golden cladding. You pay your money and you take your choice. It would be fair to wait until it is finished before passing judgment, but I think most people locally have already made their minds up.


http://www.wlhc.org.uk/

comments (19)

  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 17 Mar 2011, 04:35
Where bees do stuff...good thing, too, as bees are feeling a bit unloved in your part of the world, Bill.
Bill Phillips: Bees are loved but are in danger. The hive is already unloved by many but looks set to be around for quite a while
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 17 Mar 2011, 07:03
I think it could be a very interesting modern building - I like the golden toning -and especially I like the name - bijenkorf in Dutch (Bijenkorf is a famous warehouse/shopping centre in Amsterdam- but a library is quite more than that!)
Bill Phillips: It may well be Philine, but I fear that it will be quite hideous
  • Chris
  • England
  • 17 Mar 2011, 07:13
I am staring at the screen: my mind fully made up. Poor Worcester!
Bill Phillips: It has the potential to be truly awful
The public library system in Norwich was rebuilt after a major fire in the old building. On the same site they have created a new building which they call the Forum. It's very popular and well used, and by me as well when I'm in Norwich. Whatever the exturnal cladding looks like let's hope the innner works become popular. Poor councils they do get a beating from bloody shutterchancers don't they

[grin]
Bill Phillips: Forget the council. They are doing very well out of this from what I understand. The University is putting up most of the money and the council seems to be calling the shots. This is claimed to be both an academic and a public library, allegedly the first in Europe...I wonder if there will ever be a second?
  • Chantal
  • Nederland
  • 17 Mar 2011, 08:41
lovely collage
Bill Phillips: Thank you Chantal
  • blackdog
  • United Kingdom
  • 17 Mar 2011, 08:46
Hmmm. I suppose it has to be better than a concrete mono-block so I will wait until you post the finished building before passing verdict. I quite like the name - but "Hub at the Hive" YEUUCH!
Bill Phillips: My daughter will have to work at the Hive! There are pictures of other buildings that I took whilst I was up on the car park roof which make your point Mike.
I say give it a chance.
Bill Phillips: Most people have already made up their minds Mary. I fear the worst, mainly because of those golden tiles which I can imagine looking very shoddy very quickly
  • Chad Doveton
  • Where latitude and longitude meet.
  • 17 Mar 2011, 11:08
I need to see it when finished. Architecture must move on and not try and pretend to be the past.
Bill Phillips: When it is you should visit Worcester with Mr Fluffy and we can all go to lunch afterwards and discuss our views of the building.
Isn't it just bloody awful, whatever sort of idiot designed it in the first places, and what bunch of idiots then decided it was a good thing to build. (Thanks for the viaduct info.yesterday.)
Bill Phillips: It doesn't promise to be pleasing but I am trying to keep an open mind until it is complete...it's those gold tiles that really worry me
Maybe, when finished, it will be less awful than everyone assumes now?? I must say I usually hate modern buildings, as they have no character at all. Hope for the best!!!
Bill Phillips: I think most people have already decided what they think, mind you most won't even care and will probably never use it anyway. I am not optimistic, but then I am a pessimist by nature
Oh dear!
Bill Phillips: It may well be a serious oh dear John
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 17 Mar 2011, 13:06
Well, let's try to keep an open mind, I guess. Our new building has tow air vents on the roof that as supposed to resemble funnels to mark Southampton's associations with the many cruise ships that come here now. Of course, some of us have visions of the Titanic...
Bill Phillips: Hahahahahaha...best reply of the day Alan
  • vintage
  • Australia
  • 17 Mar 2011, 13:11
Somebody was pay an outrageous amount of money to desine this building saddly!!!!
Bill Phillips: It wasn't me! It may look better when it is finished. I am trying to keep an open mind
  • vintage
  • Australia
  • 17 Mar 2011, 13:12
Bye the way good collage
Bill Phillips: Oh thanks matesmile
Regardless of whether you love it or hate it, Bill, its use will be quite impressive. Seems like a massive undertaking.
Bill Phillips: It will certainly be a landmark. In some ways I am more concerned as to how well it will function as both an academic and public library with all sorts of other add ons. My one daughter will have to work there (she currently works in the existing University library) and my other daughter is hoping to do here Phd at Worcester.
  • anniedog
  • United Kingdom
  • 17 Mar 2011, 14:29
Your last sentence is telling - surely it's better to reserve judgment till it's completed? Quite often we grow to like things that we initially dislike. There does seem to be a high number of people who hate anything new as a matter of course just because it's new. If we all thought like that we'd still be living in the Dark Ages!
Bill Phillips: Of course it is Ingrid. It was not so long ago that Victorian buildings were held in contempt. When it is finished it may prove to be a stunning building, but I have grave misgivings
What would be a disaster is if no one used it. Let's hope for the best now they have got this far and it will probably grow on people.
Bill Phillips: Well it will get used by the University students as they won't have an alternative
Nice compilation, Bill
Bill Phillips: Thanks Tom. This could be the future of academic libraries....
  • Peter
  • Canada
  • 17 Mar 2011, 21:44
You sort of let us all know how much you like your new hive Billgrin....but it is a nice montage...petersmile
Bill Phillips: I am trying to keep an open mind Peter, but it isn't easy

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