The area behind my office building, which comprised part of Spitalfields Market, was redeveloped in the past few years. Much ahs been written about the pros and cons. Among other things, a local preservationist campaign meant that instead of disappearing, the market remains as do some unlisted components (not protected by law).
A rather ugly, stepped glass box is softened in it street approach by having retained some small retail units which used to part of the perimeter of the portion of the market which went down. At the end of this 'row' of four small buildings, a new has been added. Its scale fits in, as does its purpose. So far, so good. It’s the (lack of) style, I object to. Having done the 'right'; thing urbanistically, the architects could just not bring themselves to relinquish their sad little attempt at individuality (forgetting that this type of building is much less recognizable and individualistic than they’d like to think).
The modern building (you can see one of the old buildings on its right)
The old building – no comparison
Detail of the old building