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Old February 25th, 2010, 03:43 AM   #61
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Old February 25th, 2010, 04:30 AM   #62
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Very risky building perhaps the highest living wall in Europe (the world?) when London's first living wall died of natural causes (climate) so recently. Good luck!

I love the proportions of the tallest tower though - if only the architects of Churchill Place in the background had an eye for proportion...
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Old February 25th, 2010, 12:09 PM   #63
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I actually quite like them there
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Old February 25th, 2010, 12:15 PM   #64
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They look great to me. My only reservation is that the coloured balconies look like a bit of a throwback and might not age too well. But otherwise I I cant see that there is anything wrong with them. Its a good location to try out something a little different like this.

I'm not sure about these living walls either. There is one near the O2 Arena that was in a terrible state last time I saw it. And there is another building near Chancery Lane that has a living facade that is now about 60% dead grass and bald patches. They seem to be very hard to maintain.
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Old February 25th, 2010, 05:00 PM   #65
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love the new renders James, thanks for posting. the tapering heights are just fantastic
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Old February 25th, 2010, 09:30 PM   #66
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These new renders looks quite good - the translucent cladding looks great even those coloured balconies (which I hated on the original render).

What I dont get though is why there seems to be absolutely no relationship between the 2 seperate structures.
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Old February 25th, 2010, 10:42 PM   #67
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I doub't a living wall like that will survive past its's first year - it's too exposed. The kind of plants that would survive well are the sort you find growing over old quarries, cliffs and hillsides - bracken, gorse, salt grass; they tend to go up in smoke every few years too !

What may work would be losts of deep and long semi screened balconies where the residents are covenanted to maintain whatever plants are used to fill them up.
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Old February 25th, 2010, 10:43 PM   #68
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"doub't" is a typo btw.
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Old February 25th, 2010, 10:46 PM   #69
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You can always edit you posts >.>
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Old February 26th, 2010, 03:02 PM   #70
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love the new renders James, thanks for posting. the tapering heights are just fantastic
thanks will. if anyone has any questions beyond the development schedule post them here and i'll see what i can find out
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Old February 26th, 2010, 03:14 PM   #71
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I dont understand the concern of the effort of 'green' walls to the point where they should no longer be attempted, sure sometimes they will need maintainence, they are gardens after all. Sometimes they will go through a brown patch when conditions are harsh but then we just nurish and replant as we have done for thousands of years. The vital point is we are creating potential space to harness biodiversity. Maybe we will see the rebirth of the gardener profession.
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Old March 8th, 2010, 06:49 PM   #72
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I'm not sure about these living walls either. There is one near the O2 Arena that was in a terrible state last time I saw it.
looking good again now:
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Old March 8th, 2010, 11:16 PM   #73
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I have mixed opinions about this project, but I'd have a little more respect for this project, if they remove the awful colorful blocks that cling onto the building like spiders. The colour of the balconies just don't suit the area, just makes it look worse to be honest, just colour it a boring colour, like the colour of the cladding. It'll at least give a business feel to the area rather than look like a teletubbies skyscraper.
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Old March 8th, 2010, 11:44 PM   #74
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Nothing wrong with a bit of colour.

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Old March 8th, 2010, 11:56 PM   #75
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indeed, my favorite sight on the DLR trip to Stratford
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Old March 9th, 2010, 01:26 PM   #76
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Shame about the back though eh

I'm suprised nobody's pointed this out, but I don't think they're balconies. They look more like glass window boxes to me... at least on the upper part of the taller tower
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This project has been referred to the Mayor of London who has concluded;
"Whilst the application is broadly acceptable in strategic planning terms. On balance, the application does not comply with the London Plan"
(More details at http://www.london.gov.uk/mayoral-pla...-march-2010#20)
Back to the drawing board?
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Old July 5th, 2010, 01:38 AM   #78
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Thank god. I think if those monstrosities actually became real I think I'd have to eat my own head! ... or something!
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Old July 5th, 2010, 10:31 AM   #79
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Thank god. I think if those monstrosities actually became real I think I'd have to eat my own head! ... or something!

You had best choose an accompanying sauce then as all the person above is referring to is a general mayoral planning report. They will always highlight were the application doesn't conform to the London plan, mostly minor issues that are sorted out by the time they go to planning committee.
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Old July 5th, 2010, 05:18 PM   #80
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