Britain and the cuts: Architecture of austerity looks to impress

0
Britain and the cuts: Architecture of austerity looks to impress
The top of the “Walkie Talkie” skyscraper in London. Austerity has had few visible effects on the capital’s skyline
Britain and the cuts: Architecture of austerity looks to impress
The top of the “Walkie Talkie” skyscraper in London. Austerity has had few visible effects on the capital’s skyline

In Britain today we have experienced the huge infrastructure and architectural investment of the London Olympics (£9bn), alongside Crossrail (£15bn) and the Thames Estuary “super-port” (£1.5bn), distorting the image of recession.

There are some stalled projects in the City – most visibly the one-time Helter Skelter, now being built as a simpler structure, but September saw the completion of Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners’ Cheesegrater building, while Rafael Viñoly’s big-headed Walkie Talkie opens soon. Then there are the endless luxury apartment developments and the outsize residential basement extensions. []

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here