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I'd have nothing to contribute but I find it interesting to read informed opinions about it.
Based on this btw:
O LOOK IT IS MAGICK THE SIGHTLINES FORM A PENTAGRAM HAIL THE DARK LORD OF CASH
Whatever you like really guys.
Is Freemasons Hall worth visiting on that note?
Top secret world-controlling shape shifting lizards letting you in to their headquarters? Rubbish. Spoils everything.
Can you just rock up and have a wander round it like a cathedral or something?
rock up, get given a guided tour, takes an hour or so, see amazing stuff.
if you're confident you could probably get away with just walking straight in
I'ma do that for sure
the interior hasn't been changed since it was built.
or if not, I and I only should have final say on which big buildings get the go-ahead in central London.
Thought it was a real eyesore when it first went up but I'd miss it if it wasn't there, it's fun and charming and makes sense in that typically-English way that I'd normally find excruciating.
but you can't compare it to st paul's.
also, the fact that st paul's has been influencing planning permission for so long makes it important to maintain.
Isn't it fairly regressive to maintain the influence just because the influence is long-running though? Does it actually require protection at this stage?
bar that The Shard should be torn down as it is an eyesore on the skyline of London. I appreciate I may be in the minority on this one. Fucking Shard. Quite like the gherkin #architecture
guy's hospital forever xx
The view is absolutely stunning.
It's in the wrong place from a skyline point of view for sure but as a building I think it's really striking in a good way. Torn as to whether the negativity to it is one of those things which will be laughed about in years to come.
He knew how the world was working. He should have upped the dimensions another 20%.
When you're on St. Mary Axe looking south you can can see the Gherkin, the Cheesegrater, Lloyd's, 51 Lime Street, the edge of the Walkie-Talkie (which looks quite impressive as it's just a sort of curve of white wedges) and The Shard.
As views go this is pretty amazing.
The garden aspect looks like it will be a wonderful addition to the city though, really looking forward to nipping up there and experiencing it
The building does look a bit bland on its own but that side edge sort of curves out so it looks like a completely different sort of architecture.
There's also an odd sort of optical illusion that makes it hard to see how big the buildings are, like when the Moon seems really large as it sets.