How London may look in the future


Blackleaf
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Europe's biggest city is getting bigger.

How London may look in 2012, as it prepares for the Olympics -


The New London Architecture, the first ever permanent exhibition space dedicated to the future of London's architecture, is opening on July 26.

Here we preview some of the 31 major new developments planned for the capital by 2012, such as the redevelopment of Elephant and Castle and the creation of Stratford City. The £100bn projects are showcased in the NLA's debut exhibition The Changing Face of London (until September 10).




Future skyline
View of the city as it will look from St Paul's cathedral, showing from left to right: Heron Tower (KPF), Tower 42, The BishopsgateTower (KPF) and 122 Leadenhall Street (Richard Rogers Partnership)

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guardian.co.uk


An Olympic venue. The London Aquatic Centre (part of the Lea Valley Olympic Park)
Zaha Hadi

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The Shard
Renzo Piano Architects

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Heathrow Terminal 5
Richard Rogers Partnership

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Lots Road Power Station
Terry Farrell and Partners

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The Willis Building
Foster and Partners

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Wembley masterplan
Richard Rogers Partnership

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guardian.co.uk
 
Blackleaf
#2
And here are a few more pictures -





35-storey glass tower will form the gateway to a new development along one of central London’s key underdeveloped waterside sites. The design includes two eight storey waterside blocks based on traditional warehouses along the basin edge as well as the glass tower that addresses City Road. The 26,000 m2 development will provide 300 residential apartments.

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The Heron Tower is designed to be a transparent and articulate structure. The facades will be animated by glazed lift cars to the south; and the internal organisation of the office “villages” to the north. The offices are organised around stacks of three storey atria. There will be a public restaurant at the top of the building.




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The tower’s distinctive tapering form – designed to protect views of St Paul’s Cathedral from Fleet Street - will make a dynamic addition to the City of London’s skyline. The rectangular floor plates are unencumbered by internal columns and the building’s services are contained within a separate structural element to maximise net floor space. The base of the tower will form a six-storey enclosed public space with shops, cafes and restaurants..

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This has already been built. The tower colloquially known as the “gherkin” has fast become an iconic symbol of London’s skyline. The 41 storey office building that provides a home for reinsurance firm Swiss Re, The tower’s diagonally braced structural skin allows column-free floor space and a fully glazed façade which opens up the building to light and views.

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1 Millharbour is a major residential development of private and serviced apartments with a podium at ground and first level providing health club, restaurant, business centre and cinema. The massing of the towers reflects the change from standard size units to penthouses at the top, allowing for the dynamic shaping of each tower to create two new additions to the London skyline.
 
mrmom2
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Some pretty cool looking buildings Blackleaf I'm not so sure about that giant *****
 
peapod
#4
cool pics blackleaf...I didn't see a dido tho
 
mrmom2
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You saw it Pea it was the Gherkin tower
 
Haggis McBagpipe
#6
I thought the ***** looked more like a missile emerging from a silo... perhaps apt?
 
mrmom2
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Big glass rocket
 
Haggis McBagpipe
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Quote: Originally Posted by mrmom2

:lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: 8O Big glass rocket :lol:

Now, that sounds like a good name for a rock group, Big Glass Rocket. 8-)
 
I think not
#9
Way cool
 
no1important
#10
Looks good. I would like to go to those Olympics but chances are I am going to Bejing for 2008. I always wanted to go to China and I have an opportunity to do so, and there is lots of history and culture as well to take in.
 
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