St James Thistle Hotel - part of St James Centre in Edinburgh, Scotland.
It was designed by Burke Martin Partnership in 1964 and finished around 1970. This is probably the most hated building in Edinburgh, considered to be a dull, concrete eyesore.
In my opinion this complex is very interesting on its own. Its brutalist structure isn’t with any harmony with the surrounding architecture and that’s the problem. It is part of the city history now thought.
Before construction of St James Centre, city planners and architects demolished old Georgian townhouses and tenements that were previously standing there. All of this happened in a post war craze of building new, modern and monumental- whatever is your own imagination of the last term. At the time of the demolition this tenements were considered (probably not without a reason) to be a slums, without any hope for regeneration. Now, many of us would like to see them back. They became a part of our idealised black and white collective dream about the past.
The same fate awaits St James Centre, it would be demolished but after a while we will want it back.
Nostalgia is considered to be among the signs of anxiety.© Blazej Marczak