Awful library

PUBLISHED : Friday, 04 May, 2001, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 04 May, 2001, 12:00am

I was interested to read the comments of the Director of Architectural Services Pau Shiu-hung, in the report headlined 'Innovate, don't remonstrate, private sector architects told' (South China Morning Post, April 17), encouraging innovation in designing public facilities and buildings.

One would therefore expect recent projects completed by the Architectural Services Department to set the kind of example which other design and construction professionals could aspire to. Why, then, in our fast-moving, information-hungry city are we presented with a new Central Library building in Causeway Bay which is the laughing stock of the international design community? Do we really need a building plastered with fake neo-classical motifs? Perhaps Mr Pau would like to explain the innovative design features of this building.