I could definitely understand why there may have been conflicting opinions as to the design – size; height; impact; without even getting to finish.
Me – I like.
Well I like the design. The execution may be a different story.
As one approaches the door, there is a low concrete wall on one’s left that provides a viewing opening up to the building and the sky. When you go there, I recommend taking a moment to appreciate the image framed by the structure.
More than nearly all, I can appreciate the need on occasion to make cost savings on a building project. Budgets only stretch so far. There is no benefit in having nicely plastered walls to stairs if the overall budget is broken so much that the building is not built and there are no stairs.
However, cost saving on finishes can be no excuse for poor detailing that will be there forever.
I like the metal cladding and understand that it will take some years to each its final colour. Unfortunately, over that time, the poor edge detailing will mean that it will continue to streak down the wall.
I am a fan of polished concrete finish but why continue into a landing where it must attach to a stairs with a same but different finish – a definite NO from this observer.
As for the other stairwell with the poorly finished blockwork, the water stains and joints on the concrete finish, I only hope that a strategic decision was made not to concentrate on finish as, when funds prevail, this stairwell can be finished later. I really do hope that is the case. But am not so sure.