What The Papers Say: MCC media centre declared a design hit

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.

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

Broadcast Monitoring Company. ’What The Papers Say’ can be found at:

www.carma.com.



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