I am filled with despair at the state of contemporary architecture and design when I see buildings such as this modern-day monolith at 1 Onslow Avenue, Elizabeth Bay. With its harsh angles, excessive glass and ghastly marble columns it stands out like a pimple on the face of this pretty area.
Sure, all those windows and large balconies are great for the people inside - who would have lovely views of Sydney Harbour - but what about the people on the street and the residents who have to look at this monstrosity from the outside.
For what seemed like years, this site was a hole in the ground and nearby residents first had to put up with demolition dust and noise and then the banging and hammering of construction. And all for what? The uglification of their street.
The building, trendily called One Onslow Avenue, was built by the Hindmarsh construction group, who on their website describe the development as having ''nine elegant harbour view apartments of grand proportions''.
The spin-masters at Hindmarsh go further:
''Meticulously designed and seamlessly integrated into the urban environment, One Onslow Avenue is set to attract the most discerning of residents.''
Have they even seen the building in situ?
Just up the road is the beautiful 1830s, National Trust-listed Elizabeth Bay House and the sweet little gardens of the Arthur McElhone Reserve, while the rest of Onslow Avenue is made up of 1930s and 40s apartment buildings and some 1960s and 70s mistakes.
I think One Onslow Avenue could only be ''seamlessly integrated'' in to the Gold Coast.
Even more perplexing is that this new blot is just across the road from the heart-melting, passion-inducing Del Rio apartment building at 22 Billyard Avenue:
If you have a spare $5 million or so, you could bag yourself one of the five apartments in this 1930s Spanish Deco style Del Rio.
An apartment in One Onslow Avenue just sold for $5.75 million.
I know which one I would prefer.
Looking across Arthur McElhone Reserve to Del Rio.