If this is the state of the art, then it is a dispiriting picture. If there is one thing revealing about the sprawling, relentless exhibition that is the 2004 Venice architecture biennale, it is that a new architectural orthodoxy has emerged with such speed that it has exhausted itself within a few years of its inception.
UN Studio’s latest building is, perhaps, typically Dutch. A staid, cool exterior, and a bleeding heart interior – a kaleidoscopic courtyard as a metaphor for the repressed human desires of the office worker. Or perhaps it’s just a clever bit of material innovation that has been extended over the skin of a boring building type.