Renzo Piano's Shard London Bridge topped the popularity poll at the recent Tall Storeys exhibition at New London Architecture. Visitors to the exhibition, which was organised by the AJ and the Architectural Review, and supported by Hyder and Buro Happold, were asked to rate six proposed schemes on a scale of 0-5, where 0 means 'I hate it' and 5 means 'I love it'. Visitors were also asked for their opinions of tall builidings. A selection of their comments appears overleaf.
1: SHARD LONDON BRIDGE Average score: 3.80 Height: 310m Floors: 72 Status: proposed Location: Southwark, SE1 Developer: Sellar/CLS Architect: Renzo Piano Better known as the 'Shard of Glass', this first project in the UK by one of the world's most admired architects has received near universal acclaim.
2: THE LEADENHALL BUILDING Average score: 3.41 Height: 224.5m Floors: 48 Status: proposed Location: City of London, EC3 Developer: British Land Architect: Richard Rogers Partnership Featuring a distinctive tapering form - designed to protect views of St Paul's - this includes shops, cafés and restaurants at ground level.
3: THE BISHOPSGATE TOWER Average score: 3.26 Height: 288m Floors: 63 Status: proposed Location: City of London, EC3 Developer: DIFA/Stanhope Architect: KPF This colossus will loom over other nearby tall buildings such as Foster's Gherkin and Richard Rogers' proposed Leadenhall Street skyscraper.
4: THE WALKIE TALKIE Average score: 2.46 Height: 192m Floors: 45 Status: proposed Location: City of London, EC3 Developer: Land Securities Architect: Rafael Viñoly The above were the statistics for the tower when the exhibition opened at the start of July; later that month it was revealed that the City of London's chief planning officer had decreed that the tower would have too great an impact on views of St Paul's and that it would have to shrink by nine storys.
5: ST GEORGE'S WHARF TOWER Average score: 2.02 Height: 181m Floors: 49 Status: proposed Location: Lambeth SW8 Developer: St George Architect: Broadway Malyan Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott overruled planners' objections to this residential structure, considered a test case for tall buildings in the borough.
Judging by the visitors' responses, his decision may not be popular.
6: THREE SISTERS, WATERLOO Average score: 1.58 Height: 140m Floors: unavailable Status: proposed Location: Southwark, SE1 Developer: P&O Estates Architect: Allies & Morrison Dubbed the Three Sisters, the concept comprises two office buildings plus a residential tower. It replaces Elizabeth House, built by infamous architect John Poulson, who was jailed for fraud. This concept, designed by a highly respected practice, clearly did not strike a chord with the public.