Elizabeth House development (aka 'Three Sisters'), York Road

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Monday 22 December 2003 4.40pm
Originally posted in the Tabard Square topic:
Author: James Hatts
Date: 22 Dec 03 12:48

Interesting piece about skycrapers planned at Waterloo...

http://www.emporis.info/en/nc/ne/?id=101010
Monday 22 December 2003 4.46pm
One of the many previous architectural competitions for the South Bank included a plan by a star (Spanish?) architect for two enormous tower blocks next to Waterloo station - one round and one square in plan - which he called the Romeo and Juliet towers.

Anyone else remember any details of this?
Monday 22 December 2003 4.49pm
I've been digging around for more details on this Waterloo skyscraper business.

Apparently it was the cover story in last week's Building Design magazine.

As for the York Road proposals, the minutes of this English Heritage advisory group meeting are interesting: click here - PDF document
Friday 6 February 2004 1.21pm
P&O Developments have launched their plans for the Elizabeth House site in York Road today

http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/news/articles/9010417

I am trying to get hold of the press release and computer-generated images from P&O, so watch this site for more news.

London Today's lunchtime bulletin showed an aerial view of the new "sail-like" building, and from the brief glimpse I got I wasn't impressed.


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Friday 6 February 2004 4.44pm
Here's the 33-storey "sail-shaped building" as shown on London Today:




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Friday 6 February 2004 5.23pm
From the Standard story:

"The drab [1960s] building obstructs views of the fine Portland stone arch that commemorates-London railway men who gave their lives in both world wars."

Methinks the Standard has fallen for P&O's propaganda.

The view of Victory arch is blocked by other railway lines and the botched roadworks installed when the Eurostar terminal was constructed. However drab it is, the Tower building doesn't block that particular view.

Are P&O planning to move the Arch as part of the scheme???
Tuesday 2 March 2004 7.10pm
Rowan Moore criticises the scheme in today's Standard:
http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/entertainment/art/articles/9434057


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Tuesday 2 March 2004 7.14pm
Hurrah for Rowan Moore -

"So here's the deal: a footbridge, a relocated road, and a big conservatory, at a cost of trashing city views for the rest of our lifetimes. This is to say nothing of the vast shadow the tower will cast, the massive wall it will erect between Waterloo and the river, the blank walls it will create at street level, and a block of affordable housing - included in the scheme as a sop to the Mayor - that would stand completely surrounded by traffic."
...
Londoners are being sold a pup"

I wholeheartedly agree
Tuesday 2 March 2004 10.07pm
It looks horrible an elegant sail is the last thing that comes to mind


You will probably be able to see it from St. James's park

Who is the architect that criticized it.

And what sort of work has he done
Tuesday 2 March 2004 11.07pm
See http://www.icon-magazine.co.uk/issues/june/rowan.htm for some general info; and

http://www.archinform.net/arch/4561.htm?ID=FbhzZwK9GasUFOAl for a bibilography.




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