| The purpose of this section of the London Cityscape website is to have
a look, through the medium of photography, at the skyline of London.
I always believed that London's skyline was inexistent, at least through my American imagination. the word Skyline creates in my mind the image of a downtown hub rising in the distance as you drive along a highway into a city. I laughed at the British conservationist idea that would opposed any high rise building in central London because it would spoil the views to St. Paul's.
Then the Swiss-re tower came up. Popularly known as the Erotic Gherkin and much less know by its proper name 30 St Mary's axe. This is a building designed by Foster and Partners. I actually don't like this building when I see it from a close range; you can read my first critical impressions which I wrote on 0lll's photos of architecture Website a while ago. I find the form of the building simplistic and incomparable to the vitality, life, and perhaps even excitingly decadent hi-fi look of its most famous neighbour Richard Rogers' Lloyds Building.
However I find something truly amazing about this building and it is
that all of the sudden London has a skyline. This building is London's
real icon, a structure that becomes from every point of view and from
any distance the reference for everything else around it and it does so
in a sympathetic way with the rest of the context. It is simply different,
it is taller and its new, and it certainly doesn't ruin the views to St