I was walking along the river today and I noticed that building you can see from Westminster bridge to the left of the London eye is pretty grotesque. Its so ugly its difficult to see whether its finished or not.
I have a suspicion that if its not finished it wont look any nicer when it is .
As I walked along the river I also noticed that that building in
rears up behind St Paul's as viewed from the south bank.
it seems new labour cant get any planning decisions right
There was one nice building opposite the Globe theatre next to that old warehouse was a small building coloured deep red brick at the bottom which got progressively lighter towards the top. We could do with a bit more of that, and less gray.
It's a shame the Broadgate Tower appears close to St Paul's from some angles, but I don't think it does too much harm. And up close, it's actually quite cool. The recent Unilever House extension is far more damaging in my opinion, being literally in front of the cathedral and actually masking part of it.
New Street Square looks rather dull, and slightly bulky on the skyline. Maybe they should have left that part of the city for low-rise development.
That's silly, and totally untrue. Just because I would like some of the city to stay low rise does NOT mean I have a phobia (a phobia consitutes some pathological reaction to something, like spiders or reptiles) about tall buildings. I dont at all. I spent a lot of my life in New York. I just would prefer London not to acquire the same aspect as Shanghai.
because there have never been any tall buildings on that side of St Pauls so its clearly ill-conceived and wrong.
If you want to say you like it (which I notice you didn't) you should just say that instead of criticising my opinion.
I'm not a conservative it just so happens that it is political as it is the current government that has started what can only be described as taking the piss on the planning front.
As for a building like Portcullis house. It might not be my favourite building ,but it has redeeming attributes.
Its on the right scale and has a profile from lots of different angels that doesn't interfere with Westminster. you can also see the roof line from Trafalgar square Outside The National Gallery but you don't notice it, so it doesn't interfere with that famous view.
New Street Square development Has no redeeming attributes it looks terrible from every angle.