16 Jul '13, 7pm

Collcutt's hidden folly, taller than St. Paul's dome and hidden from view in South Kensington

Collcutt's hidden folly, taller than St. Paul's dome and hidden from view in South Kensington

City of London planners have decreed that the view of St. Paul’s – or what is left of it – must be preserved at all costs from the rapid encroachment of high rise buildings that surround it. Never mind about seeing Wren’s masterpiece from another viewpoint one sacrosanct sightline is looking east down Fleet Street towards the Cathedral [see below]. W hen it was proposed to demolish the previous building at the junction of St. Mary’s Axe and Leadenhall Street its construction caused a few headaches. Due to the building’s unusual design in having its 14 floors suspended on steel ‘chords’ visible on the building’s exterior it was demolished from the bottom up [see main picture above]. The architects calculated that its replacement would destroy the sightline of St. Paul’s world famous dome. The design called for the new building to be four times higher and the designer rose t...

Full article: http://www.cabbieblog.com/blog/collcutts-hidden-folly/

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