Radio 5’s Inside Edge programme (30/4/99) highlighted a concern
over the failure to generate interest in the forthcoming cricket World
Cup. But the same criticism could not be levelled at the opening of the
Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC)/ NatWest Media Centre.
Debate over whether the interior of the ’extra-terrestrial gherkin’
(Times, 28/4/99) was ’sky-blue’ (Evening Standard, 27/4/99) or ’baby
blue’ (Sunday Times, 2/5/99) paled beside the fact that the media centre
was opened to an appreciative audience of journalists and officials.
Hi-tech functionality, combined with adventurous design, complemented
Lord’s position as a world-class cricket venue and promoted the MCC as a
force in architectural innovation.
Reporters struggled to come to terms with the contrast between the
venue’s sci-fi design and the MCC’s conservative image. But the
innovation was applauded and comment over the time and cost of the
building was muted into ’not especially fast’ and ’not especially cheap’
(Evening Standard, 27/4/99).
Evaluation and analysis by CARMA International. Cuttings supplied by the
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