More London

The stretch of the south bank of theThames between London Bridge and Tower Bridge used to be a bit of a wasteland. No longer, for two recent schemes have brightened up the area no end and between them they have turned this stretch of riverbank into a very smart new precinct.

First on the scene was City Hall, the home of the Mayor of London. The building is designed in the highly unusual shape of a leaning spheroid, clad entirely in glass, and standing 148 ft hight. Unsurprisingly it was designed by Norman Foster. The diamond glass cladding was designed by John Shuttleworth,who went on to cover the whole of 30 St Mary's Axe with a similar look. More London itself is an integrated scheme of highly individual office buildings, all designed by Norman Foster. Highly reflective glass abounds and the multiple reflection effects are truly beautiful. The first two buildings were completed in 2003, with the second pair following in 2007. Curently a fifth building is under construction. All five are of ten floors and reach an identical height of 144ft. 

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More London and City Hall

City Hall was designed as a giant ampitheatre, with all the internal levels snaking around the edge of the building in a spiral over looking the debating chamber. It was partly funded out of the profits from the adjacent More London scheme.

More London and City Hall

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This page last updated 21st September 2008