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September 2nd, 2007, 04:20 PM
Two 128m tall towers form part of a controversial scheme near Buckingham Palace in London. The scheme has recently gone in for planning.
Renders of the scheme:
Drawings from the Application:
Whether these will be approved is anyone's guess, they have already been cut down in height from 136m and 164m (or there abouts).
(BTW sorry, I have just realised I did the verticle lines in the thread title wrong)
September 2nd, 2007, 04:24 PM
Whats on the current site now? It's so close to historic buildings.
September 2nd, 2007, 04:55 PM
Horrible old office blocks, including this:
Thanks to fitz44 for that pic.
September 2nd, 2007, 05:03 PM
A high-rise project again... so many. Kohn Pederson en Fox are just skycraper-designers. Anytime end anywhere they are making plans for high-rise buildings for every city in the world. By the way slope that ugly office boxes!!!
September 2nd, 2007, 08:02 PM
It's true that the buildings seem to be a bit too tall and that they are dominating the area, but it looks like a great development in terms of design and those office buildings that are there now are indeed very ugly.
September 2nd, 2007, 08:51 PM
That looks soo nice!
September 2nd, 2007, 10:08 PM
More renders courtesy of London Lad:
September 2nd, 2007, 10:18 PM
i dont like it, but it's different to any tower on london so i guess is cool.
September 2nd, 2007, 10:23 PM
design looks good. it's great place to build highrises and the old boxes were really unworthy standing in this great location.
September 2nd, 2007, 10:33 PM
I like it but i dont see why they need to demolish that other building. shouldnt they focus on building ?
September 2nd, 2007, 11:02 PM
Just happened to chance upon this thread. Didn't notice this scheme in the London Full Summary of Projects thread, how long has the idea for this scheme been around?
I love it.
September 2nd, 2007, 11:08 PM
Don't change a thing. The old london i've learned to love in the last three decades is rapidly vanishing. Especially around Victoria station, i like the 60's scheme.
Built in victoria, but please, let not all the architectural heritage from the various eras being destroyed. just don't.
September 3rd, 2007, 12:05 AM
I really like this one!
September 3rd, 2007, 12:36 AM
thats great, I thought they canceled the highrises.
September 3rd, 2007, 01:26 AM
I think the scheme looks great, and should improve the current area vastly. The area around Victoria station really needs some investment right now. I especially like the design of the building in the 3rd picture down. I hope this project gets approval.
September 3rd, 2007, 04:32 AM
there to puny
September 3rd, 2007, 07:27 AM
there to puny"They're Too puney"? Silly post.
This section is for 100-299m and they fit in.
Great designs. Simple but effective.
September 3rd, 2007, 12:08 PM
More renders. Lots for these ones, isn't there?
Renders from Skyscraper News:
Tower 2, which is actually slightly shorter:
Views, some of which are bigger versions of previous renders:
September 3rd, 2007, 12:35 PM
Unfortunately, this is why it doesn't stand a chance of getting built.
One cant have ones view spoiled, can one.....
September 3rd, 2007, 04:58 PM
lol. funny but true.
September 3rd, 2007, 05:03 PM
The 60's block is ugly but part of the Victoria character. What happens in 40 years time, will we get rid of the glass twin towers too because they'll be deemed unfashionable and too turn-of-the-century?
I like the new development anyway, but would prefer it if we weren't getting rid of Victoria Tower... So what if it infringes on the view of Buckingham Palace? If anything, I think it will enhance it - what with being surrounded by tall glass skyscrapers... it'll be somewhat of a gem in that area. More so than it is now.
September 3rd, 2007, 05:09 PM
l like it,its great such a nice development
September 3rd, 2007, 05:12 PM
Looks like a great project to me!
September 3rd, 2007, 07:04 PM
I hope this is approved.... out of all the London projects, this one really stands out to me, perhaps because of the extensive renderings. But the design is amazing!
September 3rd, 2007, 07:42 PM
I don't really like it...imposes too much on Buckingham Palace IMO
September 3rd, 2007, 08:00 PM
why should Lizzie get special treatment? just because shes head of state, defender of the faith etc etc etc :P
at one time, monarchy would dig this stuff, its their empire.. its prosperity, now it'll likely get disapproved because its too overbearing on the tower - people need to work and have houses.. I like some of the scheme, like the towers and if you ask me, they should keep the portland tower and give it a clean up/reclad.. lets add salt to the wound and make the cluster even more imposing :P
September 3rd, 2007, 08:33 PM
I think this scheme is high quality and really complements Buckingham Palace in my opinion.
September 3rd, 2007, 09:56 PM
Individually, some of the buildings are quite nice. But the project as a whole is very over-developed. Too dense and overbearing, not enough space. They're trying to cram too much into too small a space. Hope it gets sent back to the drawing board.
September 5th, 2007, 04:09 AM
I really hope they build it.The two round towers are the best IMO.
September 6th, 2007, 11:11 PM
i like it more with the new renders
but i think they would look nice in the city
September 8th, 2007, 11:41 PM
Dozens of new renderings here -
Be warned though, they total nearly 7 megabytes in file size!
September 9th, 2007, 12:12 AM
hmmm still does't sell it to me. Looks wrong.
September 9th, 2007, 02:57 AM
I agree...I think they look awful. Bland, very corporate, and do nothing to enhance the setting. Mostly just a great bulking mass of midrises
September 9th, 2007, 12:39 PM
I don't mind Portland House (the hulking big brown brutalist tower there currently)... I think it could look pretty nifty with a reclad a la Stock Exchange.
The developers are being a bit cheeky: they know this would never be approved in a billion years if it wasn't for the fact they are demolishing Portland House as part of the bargain, and they've tried to squeeze as much floorspace out of this 'deal' as possible by chucking up two towers and a few mid-rises.
Overall I'm supportive, I like the form of the two taller towers and its in line with Ken's vision of clusters at rail termini.
September 9th, 2007, 11:28 PM
Seems like a Barbican for the 21st Century. I love the Barbican development. I approve of this but don't like to see 60's architecture demolished. It is part of london tradition.
September 10th, 2007, 12:43 PM
One cant have ones view spoiled, can one.....
One has spoiled one's view a while ago already acccording to the horror standing there at the moment; so I for one, urge one to build this one. One's view will be greatly improved. And this is not the only one that should be replaced in London if you ask one.
So yeah... nice one.
Couldn't resist, sorry:colgate:
September 10th, 2007, 12:45 PM
I just realized I was one page late...:bash:
February 2nd, 2012, 12:11 AM
looks like a cucumber tower to me
February 10th, 2012, 01:50 AM
Whats the status on this project?
February 11th, 2012, 03:06 AM
^^Not sure if there is any activity. I'm sure two 128 towers wouldn't go unnoticed here.
February 11th, 2012, 03:34 AM
The shapes are short and fat but nice nonetheless. I like it, but for the odd facade of the one tower. Also, this location should not have "tall" buildings looming over Buckingham Palace.