Wednesday 11 July 2007 11.32am
I've gone from hating this tower to having a mild dislike for it. It does have some positive aspects to its design. The colour, cladding and texture is nice and I like how those lines reach up to the roof in this rendering -
I think the sky gardens look even better than the viewing gallery in LBT. I do hope they retain this feature. From street level I think it will look great. The base is nice, and based on the recent promo video
its shape seems more "normal" and less wacky when you're viewing it from below.
It will be somewhat overbearing from the south, and from Waterloo Bridge
will seem rather isolated, but it should be joined by other neighbouring towers in time.
By far the most important thing here is that developers will be given more confidence by the result of this public inquiry and we'll undoubtedly see more proposals in the area. There was a genuinely serious threat of having a blanket ban for this entire part of the City, or at least having developers scared away from building tall near the river - which would have resulted in a load of bulky, unexciting stumps. This is no longer the case. :)