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Old January 27th, 2011, 08:03 PM   #5341
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Old January 27th, 2011, 08:05 PM   #5342
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city of spires? thats more a titel for new york.

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I think he was referring to the old church spires, which was part of Piano's inspiration for the Shard.

Awesome picture above by the way.
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Old January 27th, 2011, 08:13 PM   #5343
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I think he was referring to the old church spires, which was part of Piano's inspiration for the Shard.

Awesome picture above by the way.
Yea I know.
I have read the whole post but I didnt agree with the city op spires comment
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Old January 27th, 2011, 09:58 PM   #5344
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Yea I know.
I have read the whole post but I didnt agree with the city op spires comment
What do you mean you didn't agree with it? That's what it as known as because of all the church spires on the skyline.
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Old January 28th, 2011, 10:52 AM   #5345
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city of spires? thats more a title for new york.
New York has a lot of buildings with spires poking out the top, but the dominating presence is that of the huge tower blocks and not their proportionally tiny spires.

http://londonist.com/2009/02/london_...spires_onc.php

The first tentative impressions of a planned set of towers for London Bridge have appeared in the Sunday Times. Beijing Bird’s Nest architects Herzog and de Meuron propose a trio of glass spires, the tallest of which would out-reach One Canada Square.
The Spires development would form a residential complex a little to the East of the under-construction Shard (with which it shares the same property developer, Irvine Sellar). If the artist’s impression is anything to go by, the set of towers will form a breathtaking backdrop to More London that harks back to the many-spired City of Christopher Wren while pushing London forward as a modern capital. It is undeniably bold, and arguably beautiful.
Planning application will be submitted in the next two months. If approved, the three towers will take seven years to build – long after (fingers crossed) the property market recovers from its current slump. We await the official renders with bated breath.


EDIT- Just to clarify, the point I'm making (quoting an article from 2009) is that historically London has been known as a city of spires.

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Old January 28th, 2011, 11:42 AM   #5346
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Let's not make this a LDN v NYC again

But this is the 'City of spires' being referred to, it's been far from it since WW2, but it once was a key feature of London's skyline 1666-1945, hundreds of Wren church spires rising above the rooftops.





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Old January 28th, 2011, 12:30 PM   #5347
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No - it is Oxford not London that is the "city of spires", after Wordsworth.
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Old January 28th, 2011, 03:57 PM   #5348
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Old January 28th, 2011, 05:33 PM   #5349
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hmm... Every 50km of europe has city of spires...

lol the real city of spire election
first we have London

our second city uum village: Sangimignano



our third city: prague



our fourth city is: oxford




or a modern city like new york or hong kong duuuh

oke back to shard
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Old January 28th, 2011, 06:19 PM   #5350
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our second city uum village: Sangimignano

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Old January 28th, 2011, 06:23 PM   #5351
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Old January 28th, 2011, 06:35 PM   #5352
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Something must be done about that hideous hospital tower next to the Shard. It looks like something that belongs in a third-tier former communist city. Unless they can completely rework the roof and get rid of that attrocious shed structure, recladding alone won't do it.

Nice progress on the Shard though. It's looking splendid.
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Old January 28th, 2011, 06:48 PM   #5353
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Double page photo in today's Guardian - doesn't get any better than this

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Old January 28th, 2011, 06:53 PM   #5354
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Wow, it certainly doesn't :0
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Old January 28th, 2011, 07:20 PM   #5355
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Old January 28th, 2011, 07:36 PM   #5356
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Heron looks quite tall and 'bulky' in that picture.
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Old January 28th, 2011, 07:57 PM   #5357
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What is that building with all the diagonals just left of center? It looks like 3WTC. (same architect?)
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Old January 28th, 2011, 08:04 PM   #5358
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that would be Heron Tower, but I dont think it was designed by the same architect
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Old January 28th, 2011, 08:15 PM   #5359
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hmm... Every 50km of europe has city of spires...
goodness it is getting a bit tedious! During the middle ages and after the rebuild in the 17th Century (where Wren used the ruined medieval skyline as a blueprint for his Italian renaissance architectural style), the London skyline was indeed famous for its sheer expanse of a variety of many turrets and spires. Indeed it was acknowledged all over Europe, the very fact that the great Italian painter Canaletto spent a great deal of time trying to capture it should give a clue.

True that the spire is a common visual cue for gothic medieval Europe but by the time of the Great Fire, London was one of the few eminent European cities. The Canaletto paintings after the great fire are what many consider to be the quintessential London skyline. Indeed that view of the City skyline looking east from Westminster was pretty much unchanged until the 20th century bar a couple of giant train stations. People, especially in the traditionalist and conservationist movement do not like post war office blocks for this reason. It therefore does not take a great leap in imagination to see how the Shard with its very dominant spire form can be considered by some as a part of a mending of the skyline to something that echoes her past identity.

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Old January 29th, 2011, 12:52 AM   #5360
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A very well informed post potto, and eloquent as always.
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