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Old September 15th, 2019, 10:22 PM   #23881
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When looking at those skyline photos above, I can't help but think of "One Canada Square" in Canary Wharf as of an architectural mistake.
No disrespect to the late architect César Pelli, but it just looks identical with the ones they have at Brookfield Place in New York.

Appearance? As if London was just another American town, and frankly I'm not fond of the idea, it's London for heaven's sake, it should look like London.

I prefer the towers at the City much much better, regardless of what some say. At least they give London, a Londonish flair.

This doesn't mean I dislike New York all of a sudden, it just means that each town should try and keep a unique flair, otherwise it would be such a bland boresome world, no one would like to travel anywhere, I mean what's the purpose if everything looks the same.
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Canary Wharf was built by Canadian developers so they wanted it to have a North American styling.

Architects work across the world and in our globalised society this means cities and countries in the future will look ever the more similar.
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It looks disrupting. Like it.
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Old September 16th, 2019, 02:58 PM   #23884
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When looking at those skyline photos above, I can't help but think of "One Canada Square" in Canary Wharf as of an architectural mistake.
No disrespect to the late architect César Pelli, but it just looks identical with the ones they have at Brookfield Place in New York.

OCS and BP. They're developed and designed by the same people. I'm pretty sure it was intentional.
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Old September 17th, 2019, 01:33 PM   #23885
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Balfour and Vinci JV signs £1bn HS2 station deal

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The Balfour Beatty Vinci Systra joint venture has been formally been awarded the contract for HS2’s new £1bn Old Oak Common station.

The joint venture will be responsible for the final design, construction and commissioning of Old Oak Common station in North West London, delivering six underground platforms as well as up to eight platforms on the adjacent Great Western Main Line.

At construction peak the project will employ a direct management team of 140 and a wider workforce of approximately 2,500.
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Old September 17th, 2019, 02:51 PM   #23886
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Architects work across the world and in our globalised society this means cities and countries in the future will look ever the more similar.
I wouldn't say so. There are massive differences between the Neo-Futurism in Asia and Europe. There is a lot of regulation in Europe - usually done to preserve the massive value that's already in place.

In terms of towers, height doesn't seem to be so important of a priority, however quality is an inescapable feature in European projects.

One can even draw a comparison with the Gothic architecture, Christianity was considered as one of the first multinational corporations (certainly a form of European globalization in the middle ages), however that doesn't mean the Gothic architecture is the same everywhere.
Infact there are massive differences between the Gothic of England, France, Germany, the Benelux.
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Old September 18th, 2019, 12:41 AM   #23887
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Redrow to start two major London build to rent schemes

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Housebuilder Redrow has teamed up with property investor Realstar to deliver two major build to rent schemes worth over £180m in London. Now Redrow will press ahead with plans for 513 new rental homes in Southall and Colindale which will be professionally managed under the UNCLE brand.

Located in the Burnt Oak and Colindale Opportunity area, Colindale Gardens is a £1.2bn new community, which is being created by Redrow on the site of the former Peel Centre Metropolitan Police training college.

More than 2,900 new homes will be delivered over the next ten years.

At Southall in West London, Redrow will also deliver 166 one, two- and three-bedroom apartments in a £64m deal with Realstar.

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McLaren confirms £190m luxury London resi deal

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McLaren has been awarded the construction contract for a £190m residential development in London’s Fitzrovia. The development will create 88 luxury apartments, 35,000 sq ft of commercial space and 15 affordable housing units and is scheduled for completion in 2021.

“Fitzrovia is becoming one of London’s most sought-after areas and 101 on Cleveland Street will be a stunning addition to its residential market”.

Demolition and substructure works on the island site are being carried out by Erith with main construction work due to start early next year.

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Old September 21st, 2019, 09:39 PM   #23889
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When looking at those skyline photos above, I can't help but think of "One Canada Square" in Canary Wharf as of an architectural mistake.
No disrespect to the late architect César Pelli, but it just looks identical with the ones they have at Brookfield Place in New York.

Appearance? As if London was just another American town, and frankly I'm not fond of the idea, it's London for heaven's sake, it should look like London.

I prefer the towers at the City much much better, regardless of what some say. At least they give London, a Londonish flair.

This doesn't mean I dislike New York all of a sudden, it just means that each town should try and keep a unique flair, otherwise it would be such a bland boresome world, no one would like to travel anywhere, I mean what's the purpose if everything looks the same.

The same has occurred to me. Modern skylines look increasingly similar. LA resembles Shanghai which resembles Dubai which resembles NYC. La Defense could be Toronto. Canary Wharf could be Chicago.

I’m not sure cities can escape this. It’s the nature of globalisation.

This, then, is the USP of London (outside docklands) it is itself and could be no other town. It’s not the most obviously beautiful skyline, if such a thing exists. But it’s great in terms of branding.
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The Interlock by Bureau-de-Change Architects (Courtesy of Dezeen). Beautifully detailed façade treatment gives an added dimension to an otherwise narrow terrace infill (in Fitzrovia):

London (West End): A narrow infill in a terrace -The Interlock by Bureau-de-Change Architects
London (Fitzrovia): The Interlock
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Old September 23rd, 2019, 06:13 PM   #23892
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When looking at those skyline photos above, I can't help but think of "One Canada Square" in Canary Wharf as of an architectural mistake. No disrespect to the late architect César Pelli, but it just looks identical with the ones they have at Brookfield Place in New York.

Appearance? As if London was just another American town, and frankly I'm not fond of the idea, it's London for heaven's sake, it should look like London...
They are indeed similar, but I think London got the more refined version.
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Old September 24th, 2019, 12:08 AM   #23893
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Had One Canada Square been constructed to original planned height which I understand was approx 1000ft/300m, it would have looked even better.
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I like Canada Square.

When I can’t see the top.
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Old September 24th, 2019, 02:59 PM   #23895
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They are indeed similar, but I think London got the more refined version.
Have to disagree. Although One Canada Square is fine and still arguably the best of London's skyscrapers, Pelli's Brookfield Place (formerly the World Financial Center) has four related skyscrapers in pristine granite, steel and glass, all with differing attics - truncated square pyramid, shallow dome, pyramid and ziggurat. It also has an amazing interior of hallways, atriums and galleried spaces and the barrel-vaulted Winter Garden is a spectacular space. The American Express tower, to which you refer as of similarity, does offer the same dimensions, almost, of One Canada, and, thereby, a signature of the 1980s Pelli design but it does provide a more varied, and, for me, interesting set of elevations.
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Council developer submits £400m Croydon town centre plan

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Croydon Council’s in-house development company Brick by Brick has submitted plans for a five-building mixed-use development of 421 new homes above offices, shops and leisure space in the town centre.

Five buildings ranging from 7 to 29 storeys are proposed for the 0.8 hectare Fairfield Homes site next to the recently opened Fairfield Halls cultural venue.

The latest planning application builds on a 2017 planning consent, nearly doubling the number of homes from 218 and increasing the affordable housing from 18% to 20%.
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As far as glass boxes go it's a good'un
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Old September 26th, 2019, 10:10 AM   #23899
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Have to disagree. Although One Canada Square is fine and still arguably the best of London's skyscrapers, Pelli's Brookfield Place (formerly the World Financial Center) has four related skyscrapers in pristine granite, steel and glass, all with differing attics - truncated square pyramid, shallow dome, pyramid and ziggurat. It also has an amazing interior of hallways, atriums and galleried spaces and the barrel-vaulted Winter Garden is a spectacular space. The American Express tower, to which you refer as of similarity, does offer the same dimensions, almost, of One Canada, and, thereby, a signature of the 1980s Pelli design but it does provide a more varied, and, for me, interesting set of elevations.
Yeah but WFC's pomo setbacks are naff, the granite looks clunky, and all the towers are rather squat. Granted, they were built with the old WTC as context, so they didn't need to soar - the Twin Towers did that - but I still think they're inferior. 1 Canada Square's design details are more refined and elegant, and its brushed steel cladding is lovely.
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Green light for ISG’s £280m London neurology centre job

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University College London has got the green light to redevelop the Eastman Dental Hospital in the capital into a world-leading hub for dementia and neurological disease research.

Contractor ISG is lined-up for the £280m programme of capital works needed to transform the dental hospital site at 256 Gray’s Inn Road.

The work is scheduled to be completed late in 2023 and will be ready for occupation in early 2024.

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