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Old July 15th, 2015, 10:06 PM   #14781
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Blossom Street | Spitalfields E1

London forum thread: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=1727385

Official website: http://www.blossomstreet-e1.com/



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  • Address: Blossom Street, London E1
  • London borough: Tower Hamlets
  • Developer: British Land
  • Architect: AHMM | Stanton Williams | Duggan Morriss | DSDHA
  • Cost: £300 million ($470m)
  • Office space: 32,000m²
  • Retail units: 13
  • Homes: 40

A short film on the Blossom Street project has been released. A decision on approval will be made next Tuesday:

















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Old July 15th, 2015, 10:16 PM   #14782
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A great project. Fingers crossed everyone!
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Old July 15th, 2015, 10:31 PM   #14783
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La qualité des matériaux utilisés à Londres. Paris fait pitié.
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Old July 15th, 2015, 10:42 PM   #14784
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Lexicon | Islington EC1

London forum thread: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=449694

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



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  • Address: 261 City Road, London EC1
  • London borough: Islington
  • Developer: Mount Anvil
  • Architect: Skidmore, Owings and Merrill
  • Height: 115m
  • Floors: 35



Cladding progress at Lexicon, photos by chest:

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Old July 15th, 2015, 10:47 PM   #14785
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The Eagle | Old Street EC1

London forum thread: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=483737

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


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  • Address: 159 City Road, London EC1
  • London borough: Hackney
  • Developer: Mount Anvil
  • Architect: Farrells
  • Floors: 27
  • Homes: 206



The Eagle and its neighbour the Montcalm, photo by opayek:


P1060037 by Alex, on Flickr
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Old July 15th, 2015, 10:56 PM   #14786
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Wood Wharf | Canary Wharf E14

London forum thread: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=317626

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



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  • Address: Wood Wharf, Preston's Road, London E14
  • London borough: Tower Hamlets
  • Developer: Canary Wharf Group
  • Cost: £2 billion ($3.1bn)
  • Homes: 3,610
  • Office space: 175,000m²
  • Retail space: 35,000m²



Construction ongoing at Wood Wharf site, photo by Frankus Maximus:

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Old July 15th, 2015, 11:00 PM   #14787
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South Quay Plaza | Isle of Dogs E14

London forum thread: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=1646336

Official website: http://www.berkeley-southquay.co.uk/



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  • Address: South Quay Plaza, Marsh Wall, London E14
  • London borough: Tower Hamlets
  • Developer: Berkeley Group
  • Architect: Foster + Partners
  • Height: 215m | 115m
  • Floors: 68 | 35



Demolition ongoing at the South Quay Plaza site, making way for the development above. Photo by Frankus Maximus:

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Old July 15th, 2015, 11:13 PM   #14788
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Harbour Central | Isle of Dogs E14

London forum thread: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=351924

Official website: http://harbourcentral.com/


Project facts
  • Address: 2 Millharbour, Millharbour Village, London E14
  • London borough: Tower Hamlets
  • Developer: Galliard Homes
  • Architect: Rolfe Judd
  • Height: 145m | 122m | 90m | 87m
  • Floors: 50 | 36 | 28 | 25



All apartments in Maine Tower (pictured above) sold out within five hours at the Harbour Central launch, a record for London:

- The Independent: Block of flats worth £140 million sells out in five hours

- The Telegraph: The 200 home tower block that sold out in under five hours

- The Guardian: Hundreds of flats in Canary Wharf development sell in less than five hours


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Old July 16th, 2015, 12:04 AM   #14789
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This is too extreme even for my tastes, and I don't like de Botton and its cheap philosophy.

But I guess it's still a refreshing point of view.

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Old July 16th, 2015, 12:24 AM   #14790
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This is too extreme even for my tastes, and I don't like de Botton and its cheap philosophy.

But I guess it's still a refreshing point of view.
Do you just spent your days googling anything that backs up your sneering.How sad.

Why not spend your time enjoying threads of Cities you do actually like or understand??
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Old July 16th, 2015, 12:37 AM   #14791
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When I posted that video a few days ago in speakers corner it seemed to cut through the crap and made a lot of sense. However when he went on to how it could be improved it seems he completely ignores schemes like; Kings Cross central , kidbrooke village and woolwhich arsenal riverside which are generally seen as high quality developments and integrate well into their local context. De botton has either ignored this though choice to fit his simplistic argument or by sheer ignorance. It seems like reasonably researched video and his decision for me falls into the former rather than the latter.
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Old July 16th, 2015, 01:33 AM   #14792
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It's nothing more than lowbrow, Daily Mail level scaremongering.

It is a remarkably silly video, liberally littered with ignorance, prejudice and downright dishonesty (London in danger of becoming just like Shanghai or Dubai?.......utter poppycock). De Botton claims to be for "good design" when it is perfectly apparent that he is, in fact, merely against tall buildings. And even by "good design", he merely means his own, risibly limited interpretation of what constitutes good design.

He is, of course, entitled to his opinion. But what I object to is his clear assumption that he speaks for a silent, vast majority. He does no such thing. While he will no doubt be joined by all sorts of reactionary harrumphers, there are equally a great many people whose views are quite the opposite and, in all likelihood, better informed.
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Old July 16th, 2015, 02:11 AM   #14793
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Do you just spent your days googling anything that backs up your sneering.How sad.

Why not spend your time enjoying threads of Cities you do actually like or understand??
The latest in a long line...


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That's right, most of the most modern buildings in London serve little more than corporate interests.

The City of London may have all its peculiarities and ceremonies, but it's a CBD nowadays. I walked a lot of times straight through it at night, and it's eerily silent. I've never felt so much in danger anywhere else in Europe.
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London's North and South and not really well integrated. That's why there are not many bridges crossing the Thames.
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I predict within a generation Londoners will be flocking to Europe (or other beautiful places in the UK like Bath or York) to see old buildings as Australians and Americans do.

They will be heard saying "we don't have stuff like this at home".
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The politeness/ego size ratio for Londoners has really dropped below the level of New Yorkers and Parisians.
... and so on.

Makes you think, London must be doing something right
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Old July 16th, 2015, 05:41 AM   #14794
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The issues I have with that video is his opinions of all these tall buildings seems so bias and so extreme that it comes of as trolling. The main issue I have with the guy in the video is his idea that his extreme opinions should be law with the bit later in the video with the rejection stamping. He essentially is saying I don't like tall buildings they should be banned because I don't like them and I'm gonna get a Chaplin tash because i'm a control freak.
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Old July 16th, 2015, 03:50 PM   #14795
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That's one well edited video with a lot of ignorance... but if that's his opinion then it can't be changed.

The fact of the matter is that most Londoners love the new skyline - young and old. My Grandad is a born a bread Londoner who spent most of his life selling his Pottery in Covent Garden. Seeing London so thriving, energetic, and clean almost brings a tear to his eye.

That video gets a thumbs down from me...
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Old July 16th, 2015, 08:02 PM   #14796
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This is too extreme even for my tastes, and I don't like de Botton and its cheap philosophy.

But I guess it's still a refreshing point of view.

Unfortunately, I'm inclined to agree. If I saw a picture of London nowadays, I would presumably first guess that it would be Dubai or Shanghai or another city which is devoid of any modern architectural beauty.
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Old July 16th, 2015, 08:55 PM   #14797
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My Grandad is a born a bread Londoner
As opposed to a bred n butter Londoner?

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Old July 16th, 2015, 08:57 PM   #14798
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Unfortunately, I'm inclined to agree. If I saw a picture of London nowadays, I would presumably first guess that it would be Dubai or Shanghai or another city which is devoid of any modern architectural beauty.
Then you would merely be betraying your ignorance of all three cities.
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Old July 16th, 2015, 11:40 PM   #14799
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I see he declined my invitation to view the LONDON: A World Capital gallery
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Old July 17th, 2015, 12:24 AM   #14800
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On an unrelated note, I just wish to thank you again, SE9, for keeping this thread alive!
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