The Architecture Of Bling Comes To Brompton Road

Dean Nicholas
By Dean Nicholas Last edited 95 months ago
The Architecture Of Bling Comes To Brompton Road

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The "Brompton Diamond", pictured above, a nine-story residential building, has been approved by Kensington & Chelsea council. As the name would suggest, it'll be built on Brompton Road, just a short distance from Harrods and the upmarket stores of Knightsbridge.

Curiously, this isn't the first diamond-shaped building that London will welcome in the next few years — a hotel to be built in Hoxton will have similar contours — yet it might seem appropriate that the bling is being built in one of London's wealthiest burgs. Is London ready for such a morphologically literal approach to the built environment? Tower Hamlets were at it earlier this year, trying to construct a headscarf-shaped sculpture at the entrance to Brick Lane, and quite how Shoreditch residents will welcome being associated with a dustbin-shaped hotel on Old Street remains to be seen.

Last Updated 11 November 2010