Stirling's Muses Part II

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specific site interventions


At Düsseldorf there was concern to preserve existing buildings and facades, so we buried the new building in the centre of the city block -- put pulled out an entrance pavilion, as it were, to represent and symbolise the whole museum. It also marks the start of the mandatory public footway, crossing the site -- these short cut footpaths are a democratic requirement in many German competitions though I'm not convinced that it's in the best interest of urban centres as it tends to weaken the city block as an entity.






James Stirling, "Acceptance of the Royal Gold Medal in Architeutre 1980" in Architectural Design (London, Academy Editions, 7/8-1980), p.8.



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