Double Skylines

Double Skylines

In London, England.

Tower of London on the banks of the River Thames…the original skyline of the early 11th century.

The background shows off some of the city’s more recent takes on architecture, dominated by 30 St Mary Axe, more commonly referred to as the Dildo Building, built in 2003, about 930 years after the Tower of London.

The city is full of old and new juxtapositions like this, with many buildings going up in spaces close enough to centuries old icons that require special design accommodations to not block sight lines of the more historically famous edifices they’re next to. Some of these rules and regulations have forced, or inspired, unique architectural designs. Click the picture for some noteworthy examples…and a little more about the Dildo Building.

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