The classical design. (Stanford Eatwell & Associates)
If, however, we can't decide between a modern or classical aesthetic, why not try out both? Westminster Council has approved two distinctly different designs for a residential block on the site of the former Magistrates' Court on Horseferry Road. Councilllors originally rejected the classical design (above), deeming it "inappropriate" for the site, and chose the modern one (below) instead.
The modern design.
However, in order to avoid taking sides in a growing stylistic dispute, the Council then decided to approve the traditional design as well, allowing the developer, Barratt Homes, to make a final decision.
By dodging the question, Westminster are presumably hoping that they'll avoid a backlash from disappointed locals upset that their favoured design didn't get chosen. It does set a worrying precedent, though: will architects now be expected to knock up rival designs to appease the sensibilities of different sets of stakeholders in a project?