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Old May 14th, 2006, 09:28 AM   #161
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Excellent design and location.
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Old May 14th, 2006, 01:33 PM   #162
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The future skyline looks good
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Old May 17th, 2006, 01:47 AM   #163
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51 Lime Street

I didn't realise how close I was from this building until I seen the pics from here. On the way to work in St Katherine's Dock, I stopped near the future Minerva building (so far there's just labelled Minerva hoarding at the bottom) and looked back at 51 Lime Street. It's visible but not by much. So It's not scraping the sky, so to speak. Still, it should look good.

Roll on Minerva. Now that will be beautiful.
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Old May 17th, 2006, 04:34 PM   #164
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Roll on Minerva. Now that will be beautiful.
hate to burst your bubble there mate, but Minerva in casically dead in the water...I don't know exactky what went wrong, no financial backer or something like that...but yer, it ain't looking likley at all to go up I'm afraid, bloody typical...instead we get 20 Fenchurch St....yippie....
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Old May 18th, 2006, 08:41 PM   #165
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Some recent pics. The core is almost topped out -


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Old May 19th, 2006, 02:58 AM   #166
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Great update. It may not be the tallest building, but it looks massive.
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Old May 19th, 2006, 09:19 AM   #167
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^ Yeah, it actually has the same amount of floorspace as SwissRe.
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Old May 19th, 2006, 10:36 PM   #168
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Honestly this tower is not my cup of tea. And what the heck is that elongated egg shaped building? (Obviously I'm not very familiar with London).
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Old May 19th, 2006, 10:51 PM   #169
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Swiss Re

It won the Skyscraper of the Year award in 2004 and in effect opened the doors agin for high rises in central London (ie not shoved to the old docks in the East as part of regeneration plans)






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Old May 19th, 2006, 11:49 PM   #170
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And what the heck is that elongated egg shaped building?
Have you been living under a rock for the last 3 years?
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Old May 20th, 2006, 02:02 PM   #171
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OMG how the hell can anyone not know about swiss re?!?!?!!!!
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Old May 20th, 2006, 02:06 PM   #172
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Most people have never seen Swiss re , but that's a rare thing on that kind of forum.

Thx for the google earth pics wj, it gives a better impression of the building than officiel renderings, I think I like it now.
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Old May 20th, 2006, 02:12 PM   #173
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Yes google earth is really good for giving a better idea of where stuff will go, however all the towers i have put in are floating above ground for some reason.

Those are brilliant pics of Swiss Re by the way!
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Old May 20th, 2006, 02:14 PM   #174
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This is one of the best pics of the Gherkin! Wow!

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Old May 20th, 2006, 02:30 PM   #175
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Most people have never seen Swiss re , but that's a rare thing on that kind of forum.
But it's received masses of publicity - in films, on TV, in the news, magazines, newspapers, tourist guides, the Internet, word of mouth, etc... it's very much a part of London's image now.
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Old May 20th, 2006, 04:15 PM   #176
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Yep...the Gherkin is pretty famous, even amongst the general public (the 'Mortals') who have no interest at all in Architecture or tall buildings
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Old May 20th, 2006, 04:50 PM   #177
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But it's received masses of publicity - in films, on TV, in the news, magazines, newspapers, tourist guides, the Internet, word of mouth, etc... it's very much a part of London's image now.
Of course, but still I think you overestimate swiss re's impact on London's image, most people don't care for that kind of thing that's sad but true, How many people know the ESB by name and can't even recognize it ? and the ESB is far more famous than any other skyscraper... I think the most famous London landmarks will remain H of P, The Tower Bridge, st Paul... That doesn't make swiss re less interesting, but you can already observe that it's much less present than after its construction, even on this forum, the "wow" factor won't last forever.
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Old May 23rd, 2006, 08:23 PM   #178
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Old May 26th, 2006, 10:40 PM   #179
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The core has almost topped out. Only another 2 or 3 floors to go -


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An aerial view, from a few weeks back -


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