Worth every penny? … Glasgow’s Armadillo, housing the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre Glasgow. Photograph: Murdo Macleod for the Guardian

The idea that we have now seen the last of the great, prestige architectural projects of the last 10 years has provoked a strong, if divided response.

The debate started at the weekend when Rab Bennetts, the architect behind the new Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-Upon-Avon, said he feared the UK is sailing into the architectural doldrums. At the same time, though, he conceded that some of the landmark building projects that changed the skyline of our cities in the past 10 years were perhaps excessive, or even gratuitous.


Vanessa Thorpe