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Old October 29th, 2012, 10:59 PM   #1
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Unbuilt skyscrapers in London

Take a look at this video,

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-18204250

Some of the concepts in this video are incredible, the 1000ft tower the place of the crystal palace in my opinion would have had a huge effect on the future of London, they would have inspired others to build towers, maybe even taller than the others and the future of Londons skyline and history would be rather different. However, all these concepts but the last were planned before WW2 as a result many if not all of them would have been likely bombed and destroyed by the Luftwaffe. But, more likely than not they would have built them bigger, better than before. These towers would have been massive and would also cause inspiration to other countries overseas resulting in perhaps hugely taller towers as standard in the modern world. Now that, is something to think about eh? DISCUSS!
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Old October 30th, 2012, 02:30 AM   #2
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I have seen those on various threads before, absolutely amazing. I love this poster

http://www.ltmcollection.org/posters...large=i0000v7w

from 1926 in the london transport museum. I would buy a massive copy but its £100 for the big one
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Old November 7th, 2012, 06:19 PM   #3
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wow thats expensive it must be massive, hes not imagined London very accurately though but i guess back then they would never be able to dream what we can do these days
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Old November 8th, 2012, 11:52 AM   #4
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But what is did get right was the enduring sight of the london underground logo
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Old November 9th, 2012, 01:42 AM   #5
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Let us not forget the 358m tall Watkin's Tower at Wembley.



It got as far as 47m above ground before construction halted and it sat there, rusting away for 13 years...




before being demolished in 1907 and the site is now occupied by Wembley Stadium.
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Old November 9th, 2012, 08:41 AM   #6
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Apparently they found the concrete footings when the stadium was rebuilt
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Old November 10th, 2012, 12:04 AM   #7
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wow it's a damn shame it never resumed... why was that?
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Old November 10th, 2012, 03:20 AM   #8
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wow it's a damn shame it never resumed... why was that?
I don't mean to sound rude, because you're probably new, but cybertect posted a link to the wikipedia article of the tower, which says exactly that.

Also, there's a thing called google.
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Old November 10th, 2012, 03:50 AM   #9
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i think it's hideous. 'watkins tower of wembley' - could anything sound less exciting or more pointless?

it's a shame the westminster 'imperial' tower of 1903 wasn't built - it would be stunning.
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Old November 10th, 2012, 03:23 PM   #10
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Eiffel's design for Paris was certainly far more elegant

archive.org has digitised the catalogue of all the competition entries. A fascinating menagerie of designs, many or most of them totally impractical.

http://www.archive.org/stream/descri...ge/n3/mode/2up

I rather like the cable-stayed entry by the Arts & Crafts architect Halsey Ricardo on page 96, though. It almost anticipates Russian constructivism by thirty years.
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'The London stump'.... Funny how things come around....
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Old November 13th, 2012, 01:40 PM   #12
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The Watkins Tower plans do look completely hokey compared to the Eiffel Tower.
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Millenium Tower

I was gutted when it was announced that the Millenium Tower was never going to be built. It would have been far more succsful than that wretched dome they built - not to say that the dome hasn't come into better use in later years.
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I was gutted when it was announced that the Millenium Tower was never going to be built. It would have been far more succsful than that wretched dome they built - not to say that the dome hasn't come into better use in later years.
Erm, they weren't connected as a project. It was just called the Millennium Tower because it was to be opened sometime around 2000.
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Erm, they weren't connected as a project. It was just called the Millennium Tower because it was to be opened sometime around 2000.
I didn't say they were connected as a project. Get some reading skills!
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Charming.
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Old November 15th, 2012, 09:01 PM   #17
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It is the 02 arena, and an Olympic venue.. how can you say it hasn't been of much use? I'd say that (despite the initial embarrassment and overspend) it has become as successful as project as it needs to be.
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Old November 15th, 2012, 09:18 PM   #18
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Some interesting stuff:
Albert Tower


Selfridges Tower:


Minerva Building:
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Old November 16th, 2012, 09:42 PM   #19
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is it just how to render shows it or is the minerva building actually that thin??
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Old November 16th, 2012, 09:49 PM   #20
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It was two triangles in plan.

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