Wednesday 21 March 2001 5.03pm
Much of London is characterised by extremely unremarkable modern office blocks. Many of the blocks built around Tower 42 (for example) are drab compromises, examples of people's thwarted ambitions. Architects have been forced to turn potentially graceful, slim, landmark buildings into stumpy disappointments. Why be afraid of Land Mark buildings? The Victoria
ns showed a determination to put London on the architectural world map with land mark structures like St Pancras station. We may not be self confident Empire builders now a days, but that is no reason to treat London like a musiem, consigning its greatness to the past. London must continue to be a vibrant, prosperous, exciting, "dense and intense" place, that continues to attract the World's best companies? Build the tower at London Bridge and a hundred more like it. Moreover, what is particularly good about the London Bridge Tower is that it removes one of these disappointing examples of London's current building ethos. Hight creates an interesting landscape providing a focus for the surrounding community. If you want a view of Canary Wharf tower, you have to pay a premium for it, if you want a view of the new British Library, expect to save several year's salary.