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Old June 5th, 2014, 04:16 PM   #10661
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Battersea Power Station | Nine Elms SW8

London forum thread: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=650929

Official website: http://www.batterseapowerstation.co.uk/



Project facts
  • Cost: £8 billion ($13bn)
  • Area: 39 acres
  • Homes: 3,400
  • Masterplan architect: Rafael Vinoly
  • Development architects: Frank Gehry, Norman Foster, Wilkinson Eyre
  • Developers: Sime Darby and SP Setia






Progress at Battersea Power Station:


BATTERSEA POWER STATION by NIGHTSHIFTWORKER, on Flickr


Battersea Power Station Redevelopment by benjicarter, on Flickr
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Old June 5th, 2014, 04:22 PM   #10662
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Canary Wharf Station | Canary Wharf E14

London forum thread: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=871486

Official website: http://www.crossrail.co.uk/route/stations/canary-wharf/



Project facts
  • Cost: £500 million ($800m)
  • Architect: Norman Foster
  • Line: Crossrail
  • Completion: 2018





On site at Canary Wharf:


Canary Wharf Crossrail June 2014 by Jon Creese - Photography, on Flickr


Canary Wharf Crossrail June 2014 by Jon Creese - Photography, on Flickr


On site at Canary Wharf Crossrail - June 2nd 2014 by Jon Creese - Photography, on Flickr
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Old June 5th, 2014, 04:33 PM   #10663
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Nova Victoria | Victoria SW1

London forum thread: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=430049

Official website: http://www.novasw1.com/



Project facts
  • Cost: £2.2 billion ($3.6bn)
  • Floorspace: 1,057,000 ft²
  • Architect: PLP Architecture
  • Developer: Land Securities





Cores rising at Nova Victoria:


Cranes! by gilest, on Flickr
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Old June 5th, 2014, 05:23 PM   #10664
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I don't like Nova Victoria (too fat and the red tint doesn't fit the rest of London) but I can't get over how beautiful Canary Wharf Station looks. That bird's eye map of the site is wonderful.
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Old June 5th, 2014, 05:39 PM   #10665
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What is Nova Victoria replacing?

That area is truly a shit architecturally, so this Nova Victoria may be a great improvement...
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Old June 5th, 2014, 05:42 PM   #10666
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I don't like Nova Victoria (too fat and the red tint doesn't fit the rest of London).
It is much classier than this one.

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Old June 5th, 2014, 05:46 PM   #10667
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Central Saint Giles? Come on, it's the first example of coulourful, modern architecture in London. It's one of the best pieces of modern architecture in London ever, to me.
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Old June 5th, 2014, 09:34 PM   #10668
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Man, that wide photo was somewhat unnecessary and unflattering.

I like the Central Saint Giles development. Viewed from the ground as intended:


Central St Giles WC2 by Jamie Barras, on Flickr
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Old June 6th, 2014, 02:17 AM   #10669
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Compared to, like, Regent's Place, this one is much more worthy of note.
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Old June 6th, 2014, 06:56 AM   #10670
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Both are great and beautiful developments.
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Old June 6th, 2014, 01:02 PM   #10671
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That block is way too huge and overscaled compared to some of its charming piecemeal lively urban surroundings. It would work way better in a new development area with similar blocks.

Of course there's earlier modernist failures in the area already... So it's mimicry. Sadly.
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Old June 6th, 2014, 01:40 PM   #10672
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Central St Giles has some good features, but to say it is one of the best modern buildings in London ever is hilarious. Its permeable and activated double-height ground floor is very good; otherwise, the actual building is a mediocre block with brightly-coloured façades to hide the fact.
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Old June 6th, 2014, 01:42 PM   #10673
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Give me a better example of a modern, mixed use development, I dare you.
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Old June 6th, 2014, 04:07 PM   #10674
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Give me a better example of a modern, mixed use development, I dare you.
The Shard.
One New Change.

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Old June 6th, 2014, 04:31 PM   #10675
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The Shard is a completely different kind of development, totally unsuited to the location of Central Saint Giles.

One New Change suits the comparison, but it's more conservative and much less imaginative.
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Old June 6th, 2014, 07:23 PM   #10676
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There's hardly anything imaginative about these teletubby-coloured boxes.

But of course it's still slightly better than the average beastly 70s commieblock.
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Old June 6th, 2014, 09:21 PM   #10677
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I use Central St Giles to navigate between Theatreland, Oxford Street and Bloomsbury. It's perfect, like a technicoloured lighthouse pointing the way.
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Old June 6th, 2014, 11:15 PM   #10678
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Colour is good once in a while, believe it or not, as long as they follow a scheme. Especially in grey london. That building has a summer theme so the colours work.
Believe me, if that building was in my city it would become one of the most loved buildings here.
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Old June 7th, 2014, 12:23 AM   #10679
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It's not the aesthetics of Central St Giles that bothers me.

It's the location. Where it is - in the heart of the West End - I find it jarring.

Would work far better in Canary Wharf or Stratford, IMO.
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Old June 7th, 2014, 01:05 AM   #10680
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Central St Giles would clash with almost anywhere in London in which it's placed. For instance, it's too colourful for the visually conservative Canary Wharf.
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