Stonehenge finally has a visitor centre that gives the monument the isolation it deserves. Its new architecture is another story.
Words: Hugh Pearman
Photographs: Peter Cook
There’s a particular type of very superior French motorway service station, quite unlike the workaday British equivalent. With good architecture and landscaping, these travellers’ oases are conceived as portals to their region, encouraging motorists to leave the motorway and explore. In them you generally find a mini-museum of the Département in question, plus a shop stocked with regional gastronomic specialities and – of course – a good café/restaurant. The new visitor centre for Stonehenge on Salisbury Plain, by Denton Corker Marshall, is exactly like one of these. That is no disgrace.