Canary Wharf

As it was a sunny morning, we walked to Canary Wharf to see what had changed.   The answer is that one only has to blink and another six, sleek office blocks have gone up.   The original Cesar Pelli tower which used to be so dominant in the urban landscape is now itself dwarfed.   Heron Quays, the original low-rise warehouses by Nick Lacey, have gone.   Even Piers Gough’s Cascades, the original housing block on the river, is overwhelmed.   The language of Chicagoan classicism has been entirely replaced by glass and steel.

This is Dundee Wharf, which looked unnecessarily manneredwhen it first went up, but has worn well:

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This is one’s first view of the Cesar Pelli tower from the east:

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This is it close up:

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The architects of the other buildings are harder to identify.

This is (I think) Foster for Citigroup:

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This is Skidmore, Owings and Merrill.   Described by Pevsner as clumsy:

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This is Kohn Pedersen Fox:

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And this is what it used to be:

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2 thoughts on “Canary Wharf

  1. Ghastly, ghastly, ghastly. At least where I live in Italy there is a law restricting high rise in historic centres. But the, I suppose, London has long since done in its historic centre….

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