London’s skyline is an ever-changing scene and as each new building goes up, the future of the capital is redefined and reimagined. This year, yet another 3 buildings are going up. The Can of Ham, the architectural equivalent of an upended tin of fish is well on the way to completion and practically next door to the Gherkin. Twenty Two is also currently under construction, a stone’s throw away from the Gherkin in the other direction and already rising above it’s neighbours. South of the river, Embassy Gardens was completed just over a year ago with the very first sky pool suspended between two apartment blocks at 10 stories high. —
The uniting factor in all of these buildings is the sense that architecture is not just a necessity but an opportunity to design around the needs of the people and have a bit of fun with the solution. While the prominence of glass and steel may not be too surprising anymore, the use of curves and novelty links (as with the sky pool) indicate a new direction for architects to explore.
Architecture has expressed the social climate and ambitions of societies across the world, with each building’s design offering insight into the minds of its country and citizens. Glass has an intriguing history in the architectural world; every passing decade has seen architects change their views on the material. But with vast expanses of glass, such as those seen in the three examples above, come vast maintenance responsibilities.
See Brilliance, a building restoration specialist from Newbury, Berkshire, boasts first-hand experience here. Nigel Bennett, Technical Director at See Brilliance, explains: “Several of our recent projects have been working on some of London’s most iconic high-rise buildings. Typically, our engineers are tasked with restoring glass, metal or stone building facades at extreme height. These buildings may be in need of general restoration from age and weathering or, commonly, soiling from the building work itself. With health and safety our top priority, a team of qualified engineers supported by a ground team will abseil to the affected areas of the building’s exterior to treat and restore the surface using specialist products.”
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