In defense of “twee”

1611charliees_415x275jpgPrince Charles had his plans for an addition to Kensington Palace dashed recently. The London critics were merciless, decrying the Regency style portico as “twee”, better suited for a garden pavilion. From the rendering it doesn’t appear particularly sweet or sentimental, it IS decorative, but I am hard pressed to find fault with that.

The criticism seems harsh, true it is not a menacing plate- glass pavilion meant to express our current architectural norms, but it is a very pleasant, rather average bit of architecture. It is human and approachable, and I imagine  would have been popular with most visitors.

Too bad this Prince Regent doesn’t have the same power as the great Prinny.


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