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Old March 18th, 2010, 03:40 PM   #2421
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can't wait for all the 'normal' londoners to suddenly gasp 'what the hells that?" once its height becomes obvious - most of the people i know don't know anything about this project and have never even heard the word shard used. My reckoning is people will start moaning once it becomes an obvious landmark, its what us Brits seem to do best unfortunately.
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Old March 18th, 2010, 03:44 PM   #2422
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Old March 18th, 2010, 05:28 PM   #2423
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My reckoning is people will start moaning once it becomes an obvious landmark, its what us Brits seem to do best unfortunately.
The were complaints about St Pauls Cathedral being built, as it was in a 'foreign' (and Catholic, to boot) classical style, not the Gothic appropriate for an English Cathedral. ISTR Wren had a 20 foot brick wall built round the site so that Londoners couldn't see what was going up until it was too late to stop. It remained fairly unloved up till WWII when it became an icon of the Blitz.

Then again, we don't have a monopoly on this; the Eiffel Tower was the subject of much public protest in 1889 (ugly, un-Parisian, etc.). It was supposed to be demolished after the Paris International Exposition it was built for, but was granted a reprieve when it found a new purpose as a radio mast.

And on the positive side, the London Eye seems to have found a place in peoples' hearts, even though that was supposed to be just a temporary structure for the Millennium. See also the Gherkin.
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Old March 18th, 2010, 10:51 PM   #2424
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Brilliant photos Cybertect! Can't wait to see the steelwork up 10 floors or so, really adds some nice bulk to the structure.

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Old March 18th, 2010, 11:26 PM   #2425
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The were complaints about St Pauls Cathedral being built, as it was in a 'foreign' (and Catholic, to boot) classical style, not the Gothic appropriate for an English Cathedral. ISTR Wren had a 20 foot brick wall built round the site so that Londoners couldn't see what was going up until it was too late to stop. It remained fairly unloved up till WWII when it became an icon of the Blitz.

Then again, we don't have a monopoly on this; the Eiffel Tower was the subject of much public protest in 1889 (ugly, un-Parisian, etc.). It was supposed to be demolished after the Paris International Exposition it was built for, but was granted a reprieve when it found a new purpose as a radio mast.

And on the positive side, the London Eye seems to have found a place in peoples' hearts, even though that was supposed to be just a temporary structure for the Millennium. See also the Gherkin.
Funny, considering it's what people most associate Paris with now.
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Old March 19th, 2010, 03:24 PM   #2426
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can't wait for all the 'normal' londoners to suddenly gasp 'what the hells that?" once its height becomes obvious - most of the people i know don't know anything about this project and have never even heard the word shard used. My reckoning is people will start moaning once it becomes an obvious landmark, its what us Brits seem to do best unfortunately.
Everyone took to the Gherkin pretty quickly. I've no doubt they'll take to this as well.
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Old March 19th, 2010, 04:51 PM   #2427
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Old March 19th, 2010, 05:02 PM   #2428
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can't wait for all the 'normal' londoners to suddenly gasp 'what the hells that?" once its height becomes obvious - most of the people i know don't know anything about this project and have never even heard the word shard used. My reckoning is people will start moaning once it becomes an obvious landmark, its what us Brits seem to do best unfortunately.
I know exactly what you mean. But it's not a typical British attitude only, we do have that in Germany, as well. Most people are excellent in criticising, not so much in paying respect to unconventional, visionary ideas. And I hate that.

Congratulations to this fine new landmark, by the way!
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Old March 20th, 2010, 03:40 AM   #2429
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Fantastic photos of the site. Thanks for posting
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Old March 22nd, 2010, 05:58 PM   #2432
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This triangle building is not very nice personally, but a variation I believe.

If anything - Leadenhall is a good observation and comparable.
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I'm grateful that the shorter block on the left is being demolished. It's still a shame about Guy's Hospital though.
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Old March 22nd, 2010, 07:21 PM   #2434
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so am i the only one who likes guy's tower? i think it's a great piece of brutalist architecture, and it will make for nice contrast with the shard. i hope they don't reclad it anytime soon, or ever.
I hope you're the only one that likes that 70's bastard!! The sooner they blow it up the better London will look.
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Old March 22nd, 2010, 08:15 PM   #2435
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Closeby Millenium bridge also is a rediculous design by Arup, simply the proper words do not come out in front of it.

One of the Forster's Jokes, nothing compares to Canary Wharf station's cathedral.
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Old March 22nd, 2010, 09:04 PM   #2436
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I hope you're the only one that likes that 70's bastard!! The sooner they blow it up the better London will look.
I'm afraid he's not. Give it another thirty years and we'll all love brutalist architecture. I think a reclad is kind of cheating and ultimately, because less authentic, not quite as interesting.

Stock Exchange reclad is nice, for example, but imo, I think it would be better to keep buildings looking as they did when first built.
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I'm afraid he's not. Give it another thirty years and we'll all love brutalist architecture.
There is brutalist architecture, and then there is "brutalist" aka lazy architecture. Boston City Hall is a rare example of the former. Guy`s hospital...
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I'm afraid he's not. Give it another thirty years and we'll all love brutalist architecture. I think a reclad is kind of cheating and ultimately, because less authentic, not quite as interesting.

Stock Exchange reclad is nice, for example, but imo, I think it would be better to keep buildings looking as they did when first built.
I seriously hope that in the next 30 years they demolish all of the 70's buildings
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Old March 23rd, 2010, 02:38 AM   #2439
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Monday update from me

Formalities - more pics not posted here in my Shard Gallery


The new level(s) of steel on St Thomas Street are coming along at a pretty pace.

Some establishing shots along St Thomas Street...







and details









This is round the opposite side of the core, seen from Gate 2, with the Station building intruding just to the right.




There's still some tinkering going on with that temporary frame on St Thomas Street



and lots more steel coming in on trucks at Gate 1



Meanwhile, over on London Bridge Street, the decks are being laid on a third level



and a few new views of the core.

I found this funky reflection in 2 More London



From Snowsfield - the site of the 3 Towers project.



and the junction of Tower Bridge Road and Queen Elizabeth Street

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