London Skyscraper Craze

City of London skyline

Across the pond,

London has been besieged by the construction of skyscrapers.

Around 240 towers of more than 20 floors are under construction, approved, or currently proposed. Of those buildings, at least 22 of them will have more than 50 floors. Nearly 200 will be residential, 20 to be office buildings, 13 mixed-use, eight hotels and one educational institution.

For over 300 years, St. Paul’s Cathedral was the tallest building in London. In the 1960’s this began to slowly change, but today, foreign investment and the high demand for housing is pushing London to its limits. The rapidly changing skyline and image of the city has become a subject of great debate for many Londoners, whose opinions vary enormously.

“Tall buildings in London are always something which raises an interesting debate,” says Peter Murray, who curated an exhibit at New London Architecture (NLA). “We thought it would be interesting to find out what was happening in terms of the number of different sites and proposals for different buildings. What we hadn’t realized until we started to dig into the figures was quite how big the scale of change was.”

Canary Wharf
Most highrises were previously in the Canary Wharf area (foreground), but today towers are sprouting all over the city.
Another highrise area, the Docklands, London.
The London skyline
High Street and the central area of London.
Does this even look like London?
Central London


Old and New
Going up.
Green outlines show buildings under construction, yellow are approved or proposed.
The London skyline
A view from the Thames
At 1,016 feet tall, the Shard is the tallest building in Western Europe.  Even so, it is about 25 feet shorter than Atlanta’s Bank of America Tower, the tallest in the US outside of Chicago and New York.
Looking up The Shard
The London Eye looks up at The Shard.
The new Leadenhall Building by architect Richard Rogers.
Leadenhall, with Roger’s 1980’s building to the left.
Canaletto residences, under construction, have been deemed controversial– but which isn’t?


The Helix is under construction as well.
The Newfoundland Building is being built at Canary Wharf.
L overview
A proposed highrise overlooks the growing skyline.
Bishopsgate has been approved.
DocklandsTower, approved
Blackfriars approved
Eagle House at City Road
Some dislike Merchant Square
The Merano
One Nine Elms
One Wood Wharf
The Stage Shoreditch
The Odalisk
The Odalisk is way beyond ODD.
The Quill… a bit too prickly.


How the view along the Thames from Vauxhall might look
How the view along the Thames from Vauxhall might look.
The City of London at night.






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