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Old April 18th, 2016, 10:34 AM   #17821
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100 Bishopsgate | City of London EC2

London forum thread: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=354677

Official website: http://www.100bishopsgate.com/



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  • Address: 100 Bishopsgate, London EC2
  • Ward: Bishopsgate
  • Developer: Brookfield
  • Architect: Allies and Morisson
  • Height: 172m
  • Floors: 40



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Old April 18th, 2016, 10:35 AM   #17822
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Baltimore Tower | Isle of Dogs E14

London forum thread: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=335477

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



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  • Address: 30 Limeharbour, London E14
  • London borough: Tower Hamlets
  • Developer: Galliard Developments
  • Architect: Skidmore, Owings and Merrill
  • Height: 150m
  • Floors: 44



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Old April 18th, 2016, 10:50 AM   #17823
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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 ($3bn)
  • Homes: 3,610
  • Office space: 175,000m²
  • Retail space: 35,000m²



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Old April 18th, 2016, 10:56 AM   #17824
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Tate Modern Project | Bankside SE1

London forum thread: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=377117

Official website: http://www.tate.org.uk/about/project...modern-project



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  • Extension to the world's most visited gallery of modern art
  • London borough: Southwark
  • Architect: Herzog & de Meuron
  • Cost: £215 million ($305m)
  • Height: 65m
  • Floors: 11



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Old April 18th, 2016, 01:48 PM   #17825
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The cladding of this building is just something else!
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Old April 18th, 2016, 10:33 PM   #17826
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Can somebody explain what's so great about the cladding of that building please? It looks like a building wrapped in glass to me.
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Old April 18th, 2016, 10:48 PM   #17827
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Why would anybody take the time to respond to someone that hates modern architecture, hates skyscrapers yet spends his sad time trolling a skyscraper forum, what's wrong with you dude, are the heritage forums not fun enough for you
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Old April 18th, 2016, 11:13 PM   #17828
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Why would anybody take the time to respond to someone that hates modern architecture, hates skyscrapers yet spends his sad time trolling a skyscraper forum, what's wrong with you dude, are the heritage forums not fun enough for you
I don't hate all modern architecture, just the bland stuff. I prefer older architecture but I'm here to see what's happening and it was a genuine question because I don't understand it.

Also is 38 posts in about a year now spending my time trolling a website? And do users of a skyscraper site have to prefer modern architecture to be legitimate users?
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Old April 19th, 2016, 12:41 AM   #17829
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All you do is post trollish anti skyscraper comments on a skyscraper enthusiast website, its very strange.
I don't think anyone here goes to heritage websites just to troll them.
I love much of our older architecture, unfortunately large parts of our cities have been devoid of older architecture for half a century or more, and are now made up mostly of concrete brutalist trash from the 60s and 70s. It's this trash that is now being demolished and replaced with far better quality modern buildings and skyscrapers. Do you seriously prefer the 60s concrete brutalist blocks to what we are building now. As for the cladding, if you can't tell the difference between good quality, expensive cladding, like one blackfriars, or cheap poor quality cladding then you obviously have no interest or knowledge in architecture at all.
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Old April 19th, 2016, 01:10 AM   #17830
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What annoys me is when people say. Oh how horrible that old buildings have been knocked down to make way for these skyscrapers. What annoys me is that they assume the buildings that the skyscrapers replace were all of very high historic value. They probably imagine there was a ancient old castle where the Shard currently is.
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Old April 19th, 2016, 02:08 AM   #17831
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All you do is post trollish anti skyscraper comments on a skyscraper enthusiast website, its very strange.
I don't think anyone here goes to heritage websites just to troll them.
I love much of our older architecture, unfortunately large parts of our cities have been devoid of older architecture for half a century or more, and are now made up mostly of concrete brutalist trash from the 60s and 70s. It's this trash that is now being demolished and replaced with far better quality modern buildings and skyscrapers. Do you seriously prefer the 60s concrete brutalist blocks to what we are building now. As for the cladding, if you can't tell the difference between good quality, expensive cladding, like one blackfriars, or cheap poor quality cladding then you obviously have no interest or knowledge in architecture at all.
Is there no room at all on this website then for people who don't like most all-glass skyscrapers? I've said nothing at all that's broadly anti-skyscraper so to say that I post 'trollish anti skyscraper comments' is absurd, and if I'm just supposed to make comments that conform with the current echo chamber then what's the point of a forum? It was a genuine question and if I've come across as having no knowledge, that's probably because I do have no knowledge of modern architecture. That's why I asked a question. What's an example of bad glass cladding if that's exceptional cladding (and it must be because it's mentioned every time it's posted)?

Also to both you and JamieUK, it seems as though you've both took my comment and projected your thoughts of me onto it. I have complained previously about bland glass skyscrapers being put up, but they have been in the place of older buildings which are more beautiful to me (like in the New York thread); there's no presumption being made about what was there before, and yeah of course I prefer these to 'concrete brutalist trash' (a comment that on some sections of this site would get you accused of trolling as well btw), but I would prefer something else, hence my comments.

Edit: Actually I've looked at my comment history and there are like two comments I've made where I do look like a **** just making snide comments complaining about glass and nothing else, so I'll stop that and actually contribute to discussion but I wasn't attempting to troll.
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Old April 19th, 2016, 03:05 AM   #17832
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@benpicko: To respond to your simple question, the glazing is very high quality, very smooth, reflects very well, nicely curved, with clean narrow joints. In short this is as good a glass envelope as you will find anywhere today.
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Old April 19th, 2016, 03:25 AM   #17833
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@benpicko: To respond to your simple question, the glazing is very high quality, very smooth, reflects very well, nicely curved, with clean narrow joints. In short this is as good a glass envelope as you will find anywhere today.
Okay thanks a lot, I'd noticed how nicely it reflected but I thought that might just have been because it's so new, but the rest makes sense as something I wasn't really paying attention to.
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Old April 19th, 2016, 05:33 AM   #17834
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My comment wasn't directed at you. It was directed at people who talk the way I was describing in general.
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Old April 19th, 2016, 04:56 PM   #17835
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One Blackfriars couldn't be any better.
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Old April 19th, 2016, 05:51 PM   #17836
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One Blackfriars couldn't be any better.
I couldn't agree more. I just wanna eat that cladding
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Old April 19th, 2016, 11:22 PM   #17837
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6 Portal Way | North Acton W3

London forum thread: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=1846500

Official website: http://www.6portalway.london/


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  • Address: Portal West 6 Portal Way London W3 6RU
  • London borough: Ealing
  • Developer: City & Docklands Property Group
  • Architect: BUJ Architects
  • Height: TBC
  • Floors: 42 | 32 | 11 | 9
  • Homes: 578
  • Site Area: 0.575 hectares

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Old April 19th, 2016, 11:28 PM   #17838
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Vauxhall Sky Gardens | Nine Elms SW8

London forum thread: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=724626

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


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  • Address: Sky Gardens, Nine Elms Lane, London SW8
  • Borough: Wandsworth
  • Developer: Fraser Properties
  • Architect: Carey Jones Chapmantolcher
  • Height: 120m
  • Floors: 35



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Old April 19th, 2016, 11:29 PM   #17839
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One The Elephant | Elephant & Castle SE1

London forum thread: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=1645608

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



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  • Address: One The Elephant, Churchyard Row, London SE1
  • London borough: Southwark
  • Developer: Lend Lease
  • Architect: Squire and Partners
  • Height: 123m
  • Floors: 37



One the Elephant approaching completion:


Elephant & Castle skyline from Burgess Park by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr


E&C towers from Walworth Road by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr


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Old April 20th, 2016, 12:06 AM   #17840
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Okay thanks a lot, I'd noticed how nicely it reflected but I thought that might just have been because it's so new, but the rest makes sense as something I wasn't really paying attention to.
If you look at other glass curtain walls, few of them feature curves, and if they do they are usually simple single bends, or curves, of a flat sheet. This building has cladding which features two-way curves, and the overall shape of the building is much more challenging to clad. Most buildings are designed to avoid curving the glass as this is complex to repeat and expensive, eg. Baltimore Tower, which has faceted glass to form the curved glazed balconies.

In regard to smooth reflections, if you look at the glazing and the reflective patterns, its almost like a mirror. Great care has to be taken to fix the glass in place so that the reflections are continuous from sheet to sheet. Again this is more complex for this building due to the curvaceous form - much more challenging than for a building with large flat surfaces.
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