At long last, the reconfigured Tottenham Court underground station designed by Hawkins Brown has its new southern entrance and the new public square around Centre Point will open later this year. The new entrance has colourful geometric artworks on the new entrances by Daniel Buren that has gives a subtle reference to Eduardo Paolozzi’s 1984 mosaics down on the Northern and Central Line platforms and in the routes that join them together.
There has been controversy over the loss of some of the mosaics at ticket hall level necessitated by the reconfiguration and enlargement of the station, which has been saved for storage, conservation and study by students in his home city of Edinburgh (his studio is in the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art), but passengers are now able to see the amazing mosaics on the platform, the exit lobbies and on the circular connecting space between the Central and the Northern Lines. My memory may well be at fault, but I don’t remember seeing this space before - if it has been newly re-opened to the public, it is a great addition to the station.
It is such a pity that many people rush through the station with the urgent intention to leave or to enter and catch their train without lingering and enjoying the amazing mosaics which Paolozzi created – a fantastic work of public art by an enlightened client for the benefit of everyone who uses the station.