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Old May 26th, 2006, 07:47 PM   #81
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That rendering looks good too
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Old May 26th, 2006, 08:31 PM   #82
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The designs look pretty awful IMO.
Looks like Foster designed the bottom half and Nouvel did the top half.

And they didn't speak to each other while they were doing it.
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Old May 26th, 2006, 09:04 PM   #83
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I think it would soon become a 'blot' on the skyline.. not for me, ta
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Nope, not good.

The building at the back isn't bad and the circular windows remind me of a skyscraper in Hong Kong but it's the slanted connection building that just looks completely wrong and certainly isn't going to work in practise.
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Old May 27th, 2006, 04:33 PM   #85
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These leaning towers are very clever and all, but they look crap! I really don't know what to make of this whole scheme - I would like to see models...
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Old May 27th, 2006, 06:31 PM   #86
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hmm, its awful...too tall
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Old May 27th, 2006, 07:18 PM   #87
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hmm, its awful...too tall
How can it be too tall? It's next door to towers twice it's size!
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Old May 27th, 2006, 09:02 PM   #88
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Grotesque and absurd. The skyline shot from the South Bank looks monstrous, I don't understand this 'clouds' concept at all, its in-elegant, ugly, overly large and ridiculous.

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Old May 28th, 2006, 01:12 AM   #89
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Take a look at what's currently there:



The low rise portion of the new scheme is no more bigger or 'bulky' than what we currently have. in fact i'd say with the organic sloping sides it will have less of an impact.
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Old May 28th, 2006, 03:30 PM   #90
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Its the actual 'form' of the building on the skyline - it seems almost alien, I think scuptural buildings work well on water sides, and buildings such as the Manchester war museum and the Guggenheim in Bilbao work as centre peices of regeneration - but this is enormous, placed within the context of everything else going on in the City it appears too much. I also believe organic structutres work better on a small scale - for example if you removed one of the water side blocks from the picture above and put in a building of similar height but using the scuptural forms of the proposed project I think it could appear spectacular rather than a giant almost alien mass.
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Old May 28th, 2006, 04:31 PM   #91
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we can campare them easier now, I think it looks ok still, a large sprawl of white replaced with something more elegant, I wouldnt say easier on the eye, but more pleasing to the eye
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Old May 28th, 2006, 04:36 PM   #92
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I think we need to see more renderings. It's still too confusing to judge properly.
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Old May 28th, 2006, 04:40 PM   #93
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We could do with about 5, all from major city viewing points, one from the Shangri-La spa place in the Shard might be interesting too, just panning further left from this view

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Old May 28th, 2006, 05:11 PM   #94
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I think we need to see more renderings. It's still too confusing to judge properly.
Totally agree! I wonder if there are many more renders of it though...?
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Old May 28th, 2006, 06:41 PM   #95
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Some more must be released, they must get at least relatively close to the other towers amount of renderings
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Old May 29th, 2006, 01:33 AM   #96
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Just go to the exhibtion/consultation which is soon, they will more than likely have loads of renderings & models etc
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Old May 29th, 2006, 09:29 AM   #97
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its AWFUL it looks disgusting!
it reminds me of something but i cant think what. HATE THAT DESIGN!
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Old May 29th, 2006, 11:57 AM   #98
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its AWFUL it looks disgusting!
it reminds me of something but i cant think what. HATE THAT DESIGN!
nice bit of rational critisism there
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Old May 30th, 2006, 12:43 AM   #99
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I don't know but I think another "look at me" feature building may be out of place here. In 20 years time this will look just as bad as the typewriter on the Thames or that building in its meccano jacket next to Cannon Street Station. I am sure it is going to be great architecture, but because it is squeezed in without sufficient space around, it will not blend in nicely (Bank, Victoria Street, Mansion House, Royal Exchange). We will only notice that when its design becomes somewhat unfashionable. So we can be pretty sure that it is going to be pulled down again in about 30 years' time with all the associated disruption. There are already so many "look at me" buildings, so why not be daring and radical and have something that blends in really nicely with it surroundings? Is it really so controversial to use traditional materials like brick, render and portland stone? Is it really a disgrace to go for Victorian architecture where it blends in? As much as I like most of the skyscraper projects, I dislike pretty much all of the current "horizontal" developments in the City.

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Old May 30th, 2006, 10:48 AM   #100
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That's not completely true. If you look at the top of Ludgate Hill, a building was recently built in stone to blend in with the road. But yeah, very much an anomaly.
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