The Virgin Podcast - Ian Martin

Ian Martin is one of the writers behind the BBC’s BAFTA-winning The Thick Of It, for which he was originally hired as a swearing consultant. He’s also one of the co-writers on HBO’s even-more-awards-winning, Veep. And for many, many years he’s written a column for the Architect’s Journal.

As part of our series on workspaces, we invited Ian onto the show to discuss some of the building work that’s been going on in London. Unsurprisingly, he's not a fan.


"You look at the London skyline and you ask yourself, what’s that building for?", he says shaking his head. "The Shard, the Gherkin, these stupid buildings with stupid names! The Shard is a stalagmite for arseholes."

It’s a terrific and funny interview.

Epic Space by Ian Martin will soon be published by Unbound.

And here, for your reference, is a building Ian does like: Berthold Lubetkin’s Finsbury Health Centre.

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