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London Skyscraper Architecture

London Tower Buildings – latest additions to this page, Major Developments arranged chronologically:

1 May 2013
Walkie Talkie Building, City of London
Design: Rafael Vinoly Architects
Walkie Talkie Skyscraper Building
photo © Adrian Welch
Walkie Talkie Skyscraper Building
New photos of 20 Fenchurch St Building as construction of this controversial skyscraper nears the top. The 37-storey tower that breaks with the perceived boundaries of common architectural expression and is located away from the main cluster of skyscapers in the City of London. The building billows out towards the top, the opposite of a typical skyscraper design which aims to get more slender as it rises.

1 May 2013
240 Blackfriars, south London
Design: Allford Hall Monaghan Morris Architects
240 Blackfriars Tower Building
photo © Adrian Welch
240 Blackfriars Tower
The key feature is a chamfer progressively sliced off the angled facade as it rises up the building, the architects describe it thus: “Terminating the vista from the south end of Blackfriars Bridge is the crystalline form of this 20 storey office building wrapped in a fluid pinstripe glass skin”.

London Skyscrapers

London Skyscrapers, buildings listed alphabetically:

20 Blackfriars Road
Design: Wilkinson Eyre
20 Blackfriars Road : 43 storeys

201 Bishopsgate, City of London
Design: SOM Architects
201 Bishopsgate : 63 storeys

Beetham tower – proposed, 1 Blackfriars Road, Southbank, southeast London
Design: Ian Simpson Architects
London skyscraper : 51 storeys
Building height: 52 storeys – originhally 68 storeys

Canary Wharf towers
Design: Cesar Pelli & various others
Canary Wharf towers

Centre Point Tower
Architect: Richard Seifert
Centre Point Tower

City Road Tower
Design: Will Alsop architect
City Road Tower

DIFA Tower also known as the ‘Helter Skelter’
Design: KPF Architects

Doon Street tower – approved 2009
Design: Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands
Doon Street tower : 43 storeys

Eagle House, Old Street
Design: Terry Farrell architect
Building height: 27-storey tower

East Croydon towers
Design: make architects
for Menta – 4 towers

Fenchurch Street Tower – ‘Walkie Talkie’ building, 20 Fenchurch St, City of London
Design: Rafael Vinoly Architects
Walkie Talkie skyscraper : 36 storeys,192m high

Heron Tower – 110 Bishopsgate
Kohn Pedersen Fox AssociatesKPF Architects
Heron Tower : 46 storeys

122 Leadenhall Street
Richard Rogers Partnership ; now Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners
Proposed London skyscraper : due to be tallest building in City of London
The Cheesegrater: 48 storeys, 225m high

Lloyds Building
Richard Rogers Partnership
Lloyds Building

London Wall Buildings

London Wall Buildings

Millbank Tower
Ronald Ward and Partners
Millbank Tower

Minerva Building, St Botolph St, Aldgate, City of London
Grimshaw Associates
217m high, 43 storeys
Minerva tower abandoned Sep 2006 despite planning permission
Area: 1 million sq ft; Developer: Minerva
St Botolph’s House tower proposed to ‘replace’ Minerva building

Ontario Tower, New Providence Wharf
SOM Architects
Residential tower

Pan Peninsula, Millwall Inner Dock, Tower Hamlets, east London
Squire & Partners
Building height: 40 / 48 storeys

Pan Peninsula aka 1 Millharbour
Skidmore Owings Merill
London towers : 48 storeys

The Shard aka London Bridge Tower
construction started 2010
Design: Renzo Piano Building Workshop (RPBW) with Ove Arup & Partners
London Bridge Tower : 66 storeys, 1016 ft tall

The Pinnacle – aka Helter Skelter
Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates
The Pinnacle : 60 storeys

Ropemaker Place
Gensler Architects
25 Ropemaker for Helical Bar

St Helen’s Building (former Aviva Tower)
GMW Architects
St Helen’s Building

Stock Exchange Building

Stock Exchange Building

Stratford Eye Tower, Stratford, east London

Stratford Eye Tower

Swiss Re Building – 30 St Mary’s Axe, City of London
Foster + Partners
Swiss Re Building

‘Three Sisters’ Skyscrapers

Allies & Morrison Architects
Three Sisters Skyscrapers

Tower 42 – formerly Nat West Tower, City of London
Architect: Richard Seifert
Tower 42 – former Nat West Tower
Building height: 183m high, 47 floors
The tallest building in London until 1 Canada Square in 1990

Trellick Tower, 5 Golborne Rd, W10
Erno Goldfinger, rest. John McAslan + Partners
Building height: 31 storeys

Trinity EC3 tower
Design: Foreign Office Architects
for Beetham, being revised due to new heritage protected view

Vauxhall Tower, central London
Design: Broadway Malyan
Building height: 50 storeys

Walbrook tower : ’The Cloud’ – Walbrook Square, City of London
Foster & Partners / Jean Nouvel Architects
Walbrook Square for Legal & General – planning permission gained Jul 2007

Wellesley Square tower, West Croydon
Rolfe Judd Architecture
for Berkeley Homes: 43 storeys; planning submission Mar 2007

Willis Building
Foster + Partners
Willis Building

London Skyscrapers – main page with images

London Tall Building Project unrealised

Mansion House, City of London
for Peter Palumbo – Mies van der Rohe tower design

London skyscraper
London skyscraper : photograph © Adrian Welch, 2007

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