an architects weekend in london

In 2014 I was in Europe for a Light & Build Expo in Frankfurt and decided since not often this far away from home, I should visit London. I really wanted to have a look at the Gherkin and Shard buildings in real life. To my surprise, I stumbled on a number of interesting buildings by internationally acclaimed architects, as I worked around a changing, grey and wet city. I started at the London Centre for the Built Environment, located at the Building Centre at 26 Store Street London. The Building Centre’s exhibition was called New London Architecture, explaining through models, imagery and precinct studies, how a new campaign of densification of the city was being promoted in the city. A major change historically for London, new guide lines would allow tall buildings in key regions of the city to be developed, for the benefit of the community.

“Since the Millennium, London has witnessed the construction of a series of tall buildings that have transformed the city’s skyline – from the Gherkin, which gained planning permission in 2000, through to the Shard, which opened in 2012, to the Leadenhall Building and 20 Fenchurch Street which are completing this year. And there are many more to come in the next few years, a veritable tsunami of towers. 236 buildings are in the pipeline, 113 of which already approved for planning.” Extract from London’s Growing Up – NLA Insight Study, NLA London’s Centre for the Built environment, June 2014.

You can read more about New London Architecture here;

New London Architecture

Below is a a video showing holiday snaps, combined with information on the web about the buildings visited. Thank you to Scott and Claire for your help!;

Foster + Partners Unveils New Images of 425 Park Avenue | ArchDaily

Foster’s new offering in New York. A sleek, modern, commercial building emphasizing the vertical lines of the building. A grand lobby space smartly rendered in 3D to show it illuminating the streetscape. That’s why they’re one of the best!

Foster + Partners Unveils New Images of 425 Park Avenue | ArchDaily.


the gherkin facade | michaelbanak

Norman Foster’s Gherkin tower in London, is an iconic form on the city skyline. The first of a number of “named” buildings in London such as the Cheese Grater, Shard and Walkie Talkie buildings it has a visually striking facade pattern that curves around the elevations of the building. The dark band of glass on the facade highlights atrium spaces that rotate around the building every 3 floors.

the gherkin facade | michaelbanak.

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