Gallery: Is Rafael Viñoly’s $44.3 Million Firstsite Arts Center Green?

Is it green? You be the judge.

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  1. Hamiltonandy October 17, 2011 at 6:06 pm

    Contrary to the article lighting is used even during good daylight. The original concealed lighting has been mostly replaced by spotlamps. The fluorescent light fittings in some rooms are very intrusive. Who would put a three pin socket on the ceiling!
    This carbuncle is, despite assertions by Colchester Council, structurally deficient. The building desiogn was too complex to computer model properly. So to stop the roof sagging near the entrance lots of reinforcement was needed.
    The allegedly corrosion proof ali/copper roof is somewhat vulnerable to the weather and any iron fillings corrode it. The iron originally came from the roof installers using steel tools.
    The majority of locals opposed it even before it was built. Now it has cost £28million to build of public money, plus a £1.2million annual public subsidy, very few look forward to seeing this mostrosity defacing our historic town.

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