More-numents for London. London's Regional Planning Guidance Note 3, defines ten strategic views. Designed to protect key London icons by constraining building development within geometrically defined viewing corridors. 8 of these are towards St Paul’s, restricting building heights across large areas of London.
Despite these restrictions, new developments inevitably distract from St Paul's. Why not allow St Paul's to compete? Let St Paul's grow. This would enable London to meet the growing demand for more volume, without losing sight of the famous dome.
In fact due to the large area affected by the viewing corridors even a 1m increase in the height of the dome would create an extra 6.862 million cubic metres of potential building volume, the equivalent of 15 and a quarter Canary Wharfs or 25,412 new homes.
If we accept that augmenting historic landmarks is in our and their interests, enabling them to compete with the likes of the London Eye or The Gherkin. Perhaps London's other landmarks could evolve too. We could have a 'Truly Tower of London', a 'Buckingham Pal-arch', or a 'Twin Towers Bridge'. Hybrid monuments that resist being eclipsed by their newer neighbours.
More-numents for London, Tomas Klassnik, 2006 was a speculative strategic research project commissioned for the exhibition 'Airspace: What Skyline Does London Want?'
9th June-14th July 2006. Curated by Newbetter