The architecture on display in the city of London ranges from the ancient to the modern, from the simple to the avant garde. It is not characterized by any one particular architectural style, but is rather an amalgamation of many, many different kinds. The effect is an interesting mix that never gets dull to look at. Walking through London’s streets is much like walking through one of its many fine art museums, with buildings on display instead of paintings.
Because London is a relatively low-rise city, its few skyscrapers stand out in the skyline spectacularly. The Barbican Estate, built during the 1960s in the Brutalist style, rises several stories above the street and revolutionized industry in London by bringing its workers in to live within the city limits in droves for the first time ever. Tower 42 is the third-tallest building in the city at 183 meters. During the 2012 Olympic Games in London, it displayed a gigantic Olympic ring symbol on a lighting display installed between the 49th and 45th levels. The Lloyd’s Building, sometimes known as the inside-out building for its unusual appearance, is a radical example of Bowellism architecture, which is characterized by pushing non-essential services such as air ducts, pipes, and lifts to the outside of the building in order to maximize interior space. The Gherkin is one of London’s more dazzling buildings, built in 2004 with a postmodern style. It was built in the footprint of the former Baltic Exchange building after it was destroyed by a Provisional IRA bombing. The new building marks a stunning disaster recovery for the city of London. Its swirling streaks make it one of the most iconic and recognizable buildings in the city. Another such building is The Shard, completed in 2012 and now the tallest building in the UK and the entire European union. It has a total height of 309 meters and a viewing deck open to the public at 244 meters. It was designed by Italian architect Renzo Piano in the Neo-Futurism style.
In addition to the buildings, there are several monuments about the city to commemorate various historical events and people. “The Monument” as it is often simply called, stands at the junction of Monument Street and Fish Street Hill to memorialize the Great Fire of London. It stretches 62 meters into the sky and has a viewing platform at the top that may be reached by climbing 311 stairs. Marble Arch and Wellington Arch, lying at opposite ends of Park Lane, pay homage to the royal family. Nelson’s Column is the focal point of the famous Trafalgar Square, built to commemorate Admiral Horatio Nelson and his service in the Battle of Trafalgar. The Albert Memorial, commissioned by Queen Victoria after her husband’s death, stands in Kensington Gardens, directly North of Royal Albert Hall. It is 54 meters tall and was designed in the Gothic style. It took ten years to complete and cost £120,000, the modern equivalent of which being closer to £10,000,000.
All of this breathtaking architecture caused Roy Castleman, back in 2002, to decide that London was the perfect place to set up Prosyn, our IT solutions company, although we are also specialists in cloud technology solutions.