A Conversation for Durham, County Durham, UK
Hairy Dolan Started conversation Jan 27, 2003
The ugliest building in Durham is without a doubt the student union building. Unfortunately it is probably the only one that will survive nuclear bombardment.
MrsCloud Posted Oct 1, 2004
Apparently Ove Arup designed it himself and apparently it was one of his favorites. And don't forget the footbridge which won the concrete society award.
I actually think the union is ok, it fits into what is actually a quite difficult plot of land quite well providing a lot of very functional space inside.
I must make a trip back up there it's been a while.
MrsCloud MEng (dunelm)
the_lyniezian Posted Dec 7, 2005
Ah yes...the DSU building. Or rather, 'the ugly grey concrete block'. Better looking from the inside in my opinion. There are those who would campaign to have it demolished- may have been on TV once? I believe those who work there find it difficult to get around in? (don't quote me on that). But to me, I have no problems with it; I use the shop a fair bit, have been there for the odd breakdancing class, been in the cafe and the bar (not often tho')...
And the bridge (FYO, Kingsgate bridge)- winner of the Mature Concrete Structures Award 1993 no less. And one of my preferred routes into town.
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