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Old August 31st, 2006, 01:23 PM   #1
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18 Blackfriars Road | Southwark | 179m, 138m, 65m, 48m | 51, 31, 16, 14 fl | Approved

Posted by Henry in the summary thread. This deserves its own separate thread though:

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There was a little about the tower in the interivew with Chris Wilkinson that sat alongside this picture:
'Modernist towers tend to be ‘very perfect forms and rely on repetitive cladding. But in today’s environmentally-conscious world it doesn’t make a lot of sense for the north elevation to be the same as the south, so we try to create excuses to introduce difference. There are games you can play, such as curves, but the client for the South Bank tower did not want curved forms, so we are looking at a more angular geometry and breaking up the façade into planes. Putting diagonal crease lines in it is the easiest description, like cars where a very fine crease line catches light differently so it changes the appearance'.
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Old August 31st, 2006, 02:08 PM   #2
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well, I think all we need now is a decent rendering, i think the shape of the building will be a wonder to behold, I know that we have all been waiting a long time for such a render, but from models and so forth I think it will be quite marvelous.
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Old August 31st, 2006, 02:22 PM   #3
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Looking forward to more info on this tower. I wonder if we can lure someone involved to divulge some stuff on it

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Old August 31st, 2006, 03:14 PM   #4
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Lets post a larger version

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Old August 31st, 2006, 03:40 PM   #5
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I went to a Wilkinson Eyre Architects open event during architecture week. They had a couple of models of this building in context so without further delay here they are.







Personally I really like the shape of this building could be a great addition to the emerging London skyline.
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Old August 31st, 2006, 04:16 PM   #6
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Old August 31st, 2006, 04:17 PM   #7
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Nice one Looks like a crystal in the 3rd photo.
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Old August 31st, 2006, 04:19 PM   #8
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Looks beautiful... it does indeed resemble a crystal.
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Old August 31st, 2006, 05:09 PM   #9
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Nice one Looks like a crystal in the 3rd photo.
Yeeess I should take that as a fairly abstract model if I were you.

I agree that it looks good though.
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Old August 31st, 2006, 05:21 PM   #10
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Looks good, promisingly high level of quality South or the River could give the City a run for its money and could give Canary Wharf a scare with its close proximity to central London
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Very Nice
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That shows it is definately over the 175m mark. I had my doubts with the other pics from different angles but it looks huge on there.

It is really nice, kind of like a high quality Hong Kong tower.
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Old August 31st, 2006, 06:10 PM   #13
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It looks amazing, really really good. Elegant, soaring, and will get landmark status without being wacky. :thumbsup:
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It looks very nice! When are they going to start build it?
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Old August 31st, 2006, 10:16 PM   #15
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It is really nice, kind of like a high quality Hong Kong tower.
That's exactly what I was thinking. Great tower and the south bank looks very interesting. Now we just need a re-design of Beetham!
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Old August 31st, 2006, 10:25 PM   #16
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It does indeed look great, although i think the Beetham design was amazing, original and would have been awe insipiring to walk under, what a little cluster that would be with the reclad kings reach aswell.
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Old August 31st, 2006, 10:36 PM   #17
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I think it's a bit bland to be honest. I severely doubt it will look like a crystal in real life, and I don't think on the skyline it will be particularly soaring or elegant. Seems to 'slabby' for me.

But I'm glad more abstract architecture is appearing on the South Bank, afterall this is the home of art and culture in London.
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It does indeed look great, although i think the Beetham design was amazing, original and would have been awe insipiring to walk under, what a little cluster that would be with the reclad kings reach aswell.
Getting past the fact I didn't like the bump, the cladding looked very poor and that cheap Beetham style which has been done on his other towers. Certainly not suitable for a prestigious scraper on the south bank!
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Old September 1st, 2006, 10:04 AM   #19
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This one is THE southbank scraper. Beetham, tried it's best but it's bump got in the way, and Kings Reach wont even get going for me with that awful cladding.
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This has got to be the longest tower in pre-planning ever- Its been years now. Very nice tower though.In fact This whole area seems to be in pre-planning limbo. Beethams tower got put in for planning permission one year ago. IMO I think the present Beetham design is very high quality- Theres no other skyscraper in the world with a shape like that & to say its too wide & has cheap cladding is a bit strange. This tower is taller than the HSBC tower (for example) & is ,when viewed from the front about 1/5 the width of HSBC . Its wide side profile (hump) is still slimmer the side of the HSBC. The tower would have been double skinned (similar to the Nouvel gherkin type tower in Barcelona) so is hardly cheap. The Manchester tower looks great & is a darn sight better than 90% of the new towers that have gone up in the UK in the last 5 years.

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