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Londoners vote Shard top tower

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A recent poll has revealed that most Londoner’s think the Shard has changed the capital’s skyline for the better

Just 15 per cent of Londoners believe Piano’s 87-storey skyscraper has made the skyline worse.

The Stirling Prize-winning 30 St Mary Axe has also fared well with the capital’s residents since it was completed in 2003. More than half of Londoners believe it has improved London’s skyline.  

But Vinoly’s Walkie Talkie has gone down less well – more than a third of those surveyed for the YouGOV poll said the scheme’s impact had been negative.

The results mirror those of a recent Ipsos MORI survey carried out for New London Architecture which found that the Gherkin was the top skyscraper among Londoners. The Shard came a close second having been chosen by 22 per cent of respondents. 

More than 230 tall buildings are currently consented or proposed across the capital but many are insensitive to their surroundings and have been designed without proper concern for their collective impact, the AJ/Observer Skyline campaign has argued.

The AJ/Observer Skyline Campaign

The campaign aims to ensure the capital’s future skyscrapers are built in the right place and designed to the highest quality.

It has been backed by architects including David Chipperfield, David Adjaye, Eva Jiricna and Ted Cullinan.

To show your support email skyline@architectsjournal.co.uk

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