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Post-Richard Rogers, Chelsea Barracks Gets a New Architect

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Just as it seemed last year’s biggest architecture story was dying down, with Prince Charles quitting his various societies and receiving slaps on the wrist for getting Richard Rogers kicked off the Chelsea Barracks development for being too modern, the whole thing kicks back up again and just won’t let go. A post-Roger architect has been chosen for the project, Michael Squire of the British firm Squire and Partners (the firms Dixon/Jones and Kim Wilkie are also included as primaries on the project). Almost the polar opposite of Rogers with what are considered safe, client-friendly designs, the London Evening-Standard reports that critics seem already raging in preparation for the rage they’re prepared to feel when he unveils his plans for the development. The paper provides some great background on Squire’s career, which seems very accomplished and impressive, albeit it much quieter than that of a hot shot, always-in-the-press peer, which of course is and will continue to be the focus, that it’s still Prince Charles’ fault for getting Rogers kicked off. Squire, we hope, is prepared to get thrown under many, many buses along the way, which most assuredly will happen, given the history of this story.

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