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Old April 18th, 2012, 01:46 PM   #11221
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I'm quite surprised that the top few levels are going to be open to the elements as in the render. What will they be used for, and won't it be too dangerous with the high winds up there (never mind the cold) for people to be allowed up there?
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Old April 18th, 2012, 02:03 PM   #11222
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Old April 18th, 2012, 02:27 PM   #11223
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Old April 18th, 2012, 02:40 PM   #11224
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the glass colour is always changing! quite interesting tho

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sometimes it reminds me of bank of america tower in new york

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Old April 18th, 2012, 03:24 PM   #11225
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Old April 18th, 2012, 03:30 PM   #11226
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I think this building deserves it in that it is the first major, immediately visible building designed by a foreign architect. It is very rare for the British to allow non-nationals to design buildings for its capital.
Out of all the 100+ m buildings in London, how many others are from foriegn architects? Just curious.
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Old April 18th, 2012, 03:32 PM   #11227
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this is the tallest building in Europe
Mercury City disagrees.

Although, Shard will get tallest completed building for a little while once it's complete (which it isn't yet).
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Old April 18th, 2012, 04:04 PM   #11228
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Out of all the 100+ m buildings in London, how many others are from foriegn architects? Just curious.
Ones I can think of off the cuff

Heron Tower - KPF
1 Canada Square - Cesar Pelli
25 Canada Square (Citigroup 2) - Cesar Pelli
20 Fenchurch Street - Rafael Vinoly
Broadgate Tower - SOM
25 Bank Street - Cesar Pelli
40 Bank Street - Cesar Pelli (he did well at Canary Wharf)
10 Upper Bank Street - KPF
Pan Peninsula - SOM

Richard Siefert was Swiss by birth, though he moved to the UK as a child, so he probably doesn't count

i.e. quite a lot of them are by foreign architects
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Old April 18th, 2012, 04:21 PM   #11229
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Old April 18th, 2012, 04:24 PM   #11230
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I think this building deserves it in that it is the first major, immediately visible building designed by a foreign architect. It is very rare for the British to allow non-nationals to design buildings for its capital. I am sure there must be one or two. But this is the first major declaration by a major contemporary architect that is impossible to miss in modern London. Here's hoping we will see many more. Perhaps one day skyscrapers design by Zaha Hadid, and Calatrava for example. Now that will be quite something!
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Ones I can think of off the cuff

1 Canada Square - Cesar Pelli
BTW, I don't know how you've managed to miss that particular building by a foreign architect during the last 20 years?

Oh, and Zaha Hadid has had her office based in London since she started it in 1980. She studied architecture at the Architectural Association in Bedford Square from 1972 and has been a British citizen since 1989.
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Old April 18th, 2012, 06:14 PM   #11231
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Yes of course you are right. My language was imprecise. Foreign architects have worked in London but the architecture they have created has slipped beneath the radar somewhat on the world stage. I Canada Square could be in any large city in the world. It is a tall box with a point on the top. After the Olympics the Shard will be recognized all over the world as being a building in London and it is designed by an Italian. And the last time I looked no skyscraper has been built by Zaha Hadid in London. I look forward to that day with excitement.
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Old April 18th, 2012, 08:16 PM   #11232
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Looks like it could use another higher spike at the top
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Old April 18th, 2012, 10:53 PM   #11233
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Mercury City disagrees.

Although, Shard will get tallest completed building for a little while once it's complete (which it isn't yet).
You should had said Federation Tower, not Mercury City
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Old April 19th, 2012, 12:17 AM   #11234
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Diagram showing the highest skyscrapers in Europe:
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Old April 19th, 2012, 12:20 AM   #11235
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Yes of course you are right. My language was imprecise. Foreign architects have worked in London but the architecture they have created has slipped beneath the radar somewhat on the world stage. I Canada Square could be in any large city in the world. It is a tall box with a point on the top. After the Olympics the Shard will be recognized all over the world as being a building in London and it is designed by an Italian. And the last time I looked no skyscraper has been built by Zaha Hadid in London. I look forward to that day with excitement.
Sorry to push you on this one but what the hell are you talking about? Are you claiming that we only allow English architects to build our internationally recognised skyscrapers? Pray tell me how many of these internationally recognised towers does London have? Shard and maybe The Gherkin? one English and One Italian so a 50:50 split then.
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Old April 19th, 2012, 01:38 AM   #11236
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Ones I can think of off the cuff

Heron Tower - KPF
1 Canada Square - Cesar Pelli
25 Canada Square (Citigroup 2) - Cesar Pelli
20 Fenchurch Street - Rafael Vinoly
Broadgate Tower - SOM
25 Bank Street - Cesar Pelli
40 Bank Street - Cesar Pelli (he did well at Canary Wharf)
10 Upper Bank Street - KPF
Pan Peninsula - SOM

Richard Siefert was Swiss by birth, though he moved to the UK as a child, so he probably doesn't count

i.e. quite a lot of them are by foreign architects
That's quite a decent amount. Some are even American!
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Old April 19th, 2012, 01:39 AM   #11237
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You should had said Federation Tower, not Mercury City
Federation Tower hasn't reached supertall status yet, though.

Mercury City Tower, while still U/C, managed to reach the Shard's full height before the Shard itself topped out.
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Old April 19th, 2012, 03:10 AM   #11238
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Old April 19th, 2012, 03:43 AM   #11239
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Why do I love this building so much?
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Old April 19th, 2012, 04:07 AM   #11240
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Sorry for the off topic, but how's construction on the Leadenhall Tower?
And this Bishopgate Tower?
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