Between 1966 and 2000, London’s skyline was almost non-existent with only around 20 skyscrapers decorating the top of the city. Since the turn of the millennium, this number has nearly tripled, with around 40 buildings having been erected since 2002 until now.
Three of the most notable skyscrapers to have been built in this time include 20 Fenchurch, The Gherkin, and The Shard. These modern buildings have helped London begin to become more recognised within the modern architectural world, in where they had previously been trailing from.
The Gherkin, built in 2004, was arguably the starting point for modern London architecture. It set a benchmark in architectural quality for the next generation of tall buildings .
and helped define a modern, open, and progressive image for the rest to follow and live up to.Uruguayan architect, Rafael Viñoly certainly stepped up to this challenge when he designed the 20 Fenchurch (Walkie Talkie) skyscraper. Upon completion in 2014, the building changed the idea that buildings have to be smaller on top.The accolade of tallest skyscraper In London belongs to The Shard, located near London Bridge. It has become an international symbol for London and has redefined their skyline. Its impressive design uses shards of glass to blend in with the sky. Offering multiple functions, ranging from office spaces to a sky viewing gallery, The Shard has become a new landmark within the British culture, much like the Empire State or Chrysler building in New York
Although these new skyscrapers are a step forward, there is still a feeling of emptiness when looking over the London sky. However, with end of the financial crisis and a rise in demand for real estate in the capital, the skyline is set for a dramatic change. Buildings such as the Baltimore Tower, and the Scalpel Tower will offer a mixture of residential, office, and retail spaces, and the designs promise to match up to the architectural standards previously set by existing skyline.