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Old June 12th, 2013, 12:52 PM   #1
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LONDON | One The Elephant | 133m | 37 fl | U/C


One The Elephant
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London forum thread: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=496579

Official website: http://www.onetheelephant.com/

Architects: http://www.squireandpartners.com/

Developer: http://www.lendlease.com/




Development Facts

Height: 123m

Floors: 37

Homes: 284

Use: Residential

Status: Approved

Location: Elephant and Castle, London





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Old June 12th, 2013, 12:55 PM   #2
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Bland and boring.

Does this even deserve a thread?
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Old June 12th, 2013, 12:57 PM   #3
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Is it a highrise between 100m - 200m? []

Is it approved? []

Therefore, thread created.
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Old June 12th, 2013, 01:00 PM   #4
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A thread isn't needed for every single building between 100m and 200m in the world. Only ones of architectural merit should have one. There's nothing special about this tower, and probably none of the other towers you've posted in this section of SSC today.
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A thread isn't needed for every single building between 100m and 200m in the world. Only ones of architectural merit should have one. There's nothing special about this tower, and probably none of the other towers you've posted in this section of SSC today.
Probably the worst post EVER on SSC.

I actually think the tower looks frigging gorgeous.
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Old June 12th, 2013, 01:20 PM   #6
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A thread isn't needed for every single building between 100m and 200m in the world. Only ones of architectural merit should have one. There's nothing special about this tower, and probably none of the other towers you've posted in this section of SSC today.
If you don't like the towers or the city, there's no compulsion for you to post in the thread. You can of course state that you don't like its design, but that's not a valid reason to question the creation of the thread.

In a traditionally lowrise city like London, tower proposals between 100m and 200m have a dramatic impact on the urban form and landscape, thus warranting a thread on that basis alone.

This forum is a place to discuss these projects and provide updates, whether they look 'good', 'bad' or 'average'. In any case, who's the authority on architectural merit? Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
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Old June 12th, 2013, 01:30 PM   #7
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Hmm, a rude Aussie... Well I never..
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Old June 12th, 2013, 01:35 PM   #8
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A thread isn't needed for every single building between 100m and 200m in the world. Only ones of architectural merit should have one. There's nothing special about this tower, and probably none of the other towers you've posted in this section of SSC today.
Well done for COMPLETELY failing to understand the point of this forum. It is a forum for ALL projects. A conduit for people to sit around and discuss architecture of all scale and sizes, hence the vast amount of sub categories in this forum.

If you don't understand, well perhaps SSC isn't for you. Run along now.
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The ironic thing is that out of all the projects on the first page of this part of the forum, this is probably the nicest.

In fact in order, the most attractive high-rises on this first page of the specific forum all derive from London yet he doesn't pipe up about the extremely "boring" designs that litter the other threads.

Some people really do have a chip on their shoulder when it comes to London. Shows it's doing a good thing I suppose. I know I get jealous but I also am able to endorse it because the city blows my mind.

I think people might just be intimidated that a city of such stature that has has been shy to build tall but still remain such a prominent city within the world has now found a new weapon to express it's dominance. (and with that look to over take traditionally highrise Australian counterparts )
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Old June 12th, 2013, 02:15 PM   #10
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It will be joining the nearby Strata, creating a little cluster:

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Old June 12th, 2013, 02:38 PM   #11
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Argh.... that guy is an idiot. By his logic then only a handful of towers would be on SSC. Oy vey...

Anyways, I think the tower looks amazing? Is there a set date on construction? O_o
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Old June 12th, 2013, 06:30 PM   #12
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excellent design and height to be used as a residential tower which will create plenty of additional rooms and spaces for the unstoppably growing population of london. shame about the haters and others who get jealous the global power of london though.
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I'm not fond of those golden stripes, but otherwise the building could turn out nice.

Oh, and the name is rather weird (yes, I'm aware it is located in Elephant and Castle).
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Old June 12th, 2013, 06:46 PM   #14
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this tower looks a trillion times better than these shitty residential high-rise buildings london currently has.

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Old June 12th, 2013, 09:30 PM   #15
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I think the golden stripes will add some colour to this area, similar to what the Leadenhall Building does, although I think repeated glass balconies ruin the look of any building.
The Cromwell Tower's not bad, actually.
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Old July 1st, 2013, 11:08 PM   #16
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Construction about to start.

http://www.london-se1.co.uk/news/view/6936
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this tower looks a trillion times better than these shitty residential high-rise buildings london currently has.

Have you ever been to the Barbican? It's perhaps the best designed large residential project London has ever had, and sadly I expect will ever have. There's great use of space allowing residents lots of outdoor space to themselves - plus there's great use of subtle lighting. The flats are gigantic compared with most of what is built now, with even one beds often being over two floors. The towers look magical from the elevated walkways through the project. And the residents seem to agree - you'll struggle to find a flat in there for less than £800,000 and despite there being so many, very few are on the market.

Compared with the Barbican this looks cheaply built with too much panelling. I don't mind this project by any means, but it's never going to be as iconic as the Barbican.
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Drove past a few days ago and piling has begun it seems and about time too!
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Old July 14th, 2013, 09:14 PM   #19
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Indeed, various diggingish sort of activities going on, construction is officially underway so I've made a thread in the london construction forum and posted some pics of the site there http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=1645608

I shamelessly stole your initial post SE9, it was so nice, why reinvent it? hope you don't mind!
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Have you ever been to the Barbican? It's perhaps the best designed large residential project London has ever had, and sadly I expect will ever have. There's great use of space allowing residents lots of outdoor space to themselves - plus there's great use of subtle lighting. The flats are gigantic compared with most of what is built now, with even one beds often being over two floors. The towers look magical from the elevated walkways through the project. And the residents seem to agree - you'll struggle to find a flat in there for less than £800,000 and despite there being so many, very few are on the market.

Compared with the Barbican this looks cheaply built with too much panelling. I don't mind this project by any means, but it's never going to be as iconic as the Barbican.

Still doesn't change the fact they look like crap. A combination dirty bare concrete and shitty pebble dash.

They are truly grim structures.

Totally overpriced too, it's just a glorified council flat.
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