That money is necessary to provide better quality finishes, as in housing, is shown by Lasdun's megastructure for Christ's College, Cambridge of which only the first phase was built. Here the white finish sparkles in the sun, but again, and more so than in Bloomsbury, the stepped section demonstrates its problems.

Not only is the back face on the public street, but it presented, until filled in later with shops, a void like that of the back of a football stand, while at the higher levels, above the roof tops of vernacular King Street, it consists of large windowless concrete forms.


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