It’s about three years since I last went to the Chipperfield offices in a high rise (but not very high) overlooking Waterloo. I remember Chipperfield looking out over the urban morass and lamenting the lack of any systematic town planning, while I slightly relished the view of nineteenth-century streetscape. In the intervening time, the view has been comprehensively buggered by the horrible building south of London Bridge. How on earth did it ever get planning permission ?
On the other side is Grimshaw’s sinuous Waterloo station, majestic, but still unused:-
And to the north is Qatar’s latest London development:-