Another unloved Coventry building, the Britannia Hotel. Personally I’m not too keen on the actual overall design of the structure, but I love little elements, such as the wide range of textures and materials used. Yet again, those old Coventry favourites – concrete, granite, slate, and what i think is nordic blue copper cladding. These elements are mirrored throughout the city, alongside the pink sandstone and wood.
It’s a shame the current city planners don’t realise that you can create a feeling of consistency through using similar materials. The majority of the time, they seem hell bent on creating something completely random which doesn’t fit in, and then afterwards wondering why it doesn’t work. If you can use little elements to mirror what is already in place, even if the style is different, you can give the impression of cohesion.