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London Skyscraper Craze
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.”