LONDON'S GRAND CANYON?
I am often lucky enough to walk through More London. A gorge of towers SW of Tower Bridge that includes City Hall. The buildings were designed by Foster and Partners architects and include The Scoop, a fountain and planted areas, including real trees.
In 2007, the development was shortlisted for the Carbuncle Cup architecture prize.
Sadly, last year, ‘The Rill’ a narrow brick water channel that ran along one walkways was filled in. For aside from being an intriguing, witty and thoughtful touch, it was also became a health and safety threat: This narrow niceness was a trip hazard to people walking through canyon and using their mobile phones at the same time.
I have discovered that More London was shortlisted for the Carbuncle Cup an architecture prize, given annually by the magazine Building Design to "the ugliest building in the United Kingdom completed in the last 12 months". It is intended to be a humorous response to RIBA’s prestigious Stirling Prize.
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