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London Architecture - Old vs New

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Mr_Cheach avatar Mr_Cheach
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Overview:For centuries London has been one of the greatest City's known to man. It has inspired many in the arts, and has been home to some of the worlds most grand architecture for years. London is Europe's largest City, by size, and population. Some feel London is too crowded, while some love and endure the cosmopolitan chaos! Since London's founding as 'Londinium' by the Romans in 43A.D., it has been a focal point in Construction for Britain. Today, London boasts [debate-ably] more range in Architecture than any other City on earth. Why? Because it offers everything from the modern giant Skyscrapers, to the medieval Castle [The Tower of London], and so on.


Is London's Old Architecture being threatened by these new colossal skyscrapers and office landmarks?

The New:
Many new projects are being constructed throughout the whole of London and its 32 boroughs. The City has two major 'skylines', the City [square mile] skyline (depicted above), and the Canary Wharf skyline (depicted below). Both boast beautiful skyscrapers. The newest edition to the London skyline is of course, The Shard; Europe's tallest building (depicted below). The Shard stands at 309.6 metres (1,016 ft) at its highest point. And not forgetting, The Gherkin (depicted below). One of London's most iconic and beautiful landmark skyscrapers. This building proves that a skyscraper does not have to be the tallest to be the most stunning and eye catching. London is the centre of the financial world [alongside New York City], thus there is a larger demand for office space, and since London cannot further expand, the only answer now, is to build up!

The Old:
Everybody knows London's variety of Old architecture, whether it be Imperial, Neo-Classical, Medieval and so on. London is also more well known for its older landmarks. The famous Houses of Parliament (depicted below), Buckingham Palace (depicted below), St.Pauls Cathedral (depicted below), the Tower of London, and so on. London is truly rich in its history, and it shows through its architecture. London's older styles are never ending, this is mostly because of the influences the city had during the British Colonial times and when Britain was at the peak of the worlds nations. Hence, many different styles of architecture and building were constructed in the city, and have left a legacy. London really does boast some of the finest older constructions this world has ever seen.

The Debate:
Is London's new architecture, especially the skyscraper boom, over shadowing the City's older landmarks? In my opinion, no. London will always have its beautiful and stunning older landmarks. And as long as laws prevent skyscrapers and big office buildings from being constructed besides the older buildings, then I do not believe there will be a problem. As this article is being written, more skyscrapers are under construction in the city (search: The Walkie Talkie, The Pinnacle and The Cheesegrater). However, none of these giants take away the views of our treasured landmarks. And the way I see it, is that we are building even more landmarks to add to our City's stunning range of architecture and design. Lets hope they keep up the good work!

By Mr_Cheach.

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Update #4 : by Mr_Cheach 09/24/2012 6:00:05 pmSep 24th, 2012

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11/13/2014 10:19 pm
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Help me build London on a server :)
05/21/2013 5:21 pm
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JackIsCoolio avatar
I like the clumps of skyscrapers and office buildings, though when it is just this one, it is awkward. However, they aren't overshadowing the older landmarks, so, I agree.
09/24/2012 7:17 pm
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smanrt starts to get a tear of joy after reading this blog :)
09/20/2012 1:20 pm
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This is an excellent article, it's always good to know what's happening within an architectural city such as London. The English were once one of the best colonies throughout the 19th and the 20th centuries, which that reminds me of the good that they have done with our people. :) , I will be checking your profile for more stuff related to the British Isles.
09/20/2012 4:18 pm
Level 54 : Grandmaster Taco
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I really appreciate the comment mate! And yes! Britain was debate-ably the most influential nation the world has ever seen. Its nice to know you live in a city where there is so much culture, history and architecture all in the same place ya know. And there is so much going on anyway.

Thanks for the comment. Also could you PM me your nationality. I's just simply curious. haha :)
09/21/2012 1:14 am
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I'm Maltese :)
09/21/2012 6:48 am
Level 54 : Grandmaster Taco
Mr_Cheach avatar
ahh awesome! nice to know. And yeah u should definitely visit London some time, so much to do! :D
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