Carbuncle 2012? Prince Charles’s Poundbury fire station is a right royal mess.

September 17, 2011 § Leave a comment

Prince Charles’s new Poundbury fire station.

Prince Charles  has just completed his first building: a fire station in the twee village of Poundbury, Dorset.  A wonderful creation: a dumpy neoclassical Georgian palace with three garage doors attached to it.

Everybody knows that the prince likes to hold forth, mostly disapprovingly, on the architectural state of the nation. A quarter of a century ago he branded the proposed extension to the National Gallery in Trafalgar Square a “monstrous carbuncle”, and the phrase has lingered on infamously as an emblem of British conservatism. Nowadays, he prefers to lead by example, and Poundbury is his vision of the ideal town: a traditional Georgian village that time has forgot

Now, there’s no doubt that Charles has skim read the odd architecture book, but a little knowledge is a dangerous thing.

I think the good firemen of Poundbury should be forced to wear Regency breeches and powdered wigs, and rush to their infernos in a red barouche carrying water in wooden pails.

 

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