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London Modern Architecture
One of the most popular cities in the world, London is home to classically elegant, yet modernly timeless architecture.
London is an old city where the modern millennia has built on top of its opulent heritage, adding to the city’s beauty with countless contemporary buildings, neighborhoods, museums, shopping centers and more.
While some of the structures in London are more unique than others, the city’s architectural diversity, along with its history, is what makes this royal town truly exquisite.
London Modern Architecture Buildings
London’s vintage-esque vibes are incredible to see, especially when you hear how old some of these buildings are.
While its elder beauty is unparalleled, London sports lots of cutting-edge architecture that we just can’t ignore:
The Shard’s neo-futuristic structure towers 1,015ft. over Southwark, London, making it the tallest building in the UK and European Union, and the fourth largest building in Europe. Some of the world’s most famous restaurants, offices, and hotel rooms reside in The Shard. While the building is an architectural wonder, it’s also eco-friendly and constructed out of 95% of recycled materials. The 72nd floor is accessible to the public where you can get a magnificent view of the entire city.
The Gherkin is arguably the most iconic modern building in London where it’s designed to be extremely energy efficient and consume only half the power of a similar structure. This 590-foot tower houses hundreds of business offices where each floor rotates 5 degrees more than the previous floor to essentially attain the building’s soaring elevation. In addition, The Gherkin’s circumference is merely 8-feet smaller than its height, confirming that its architects were innovation pioneers during the time of its establishment in 2003.
Lloyd’s Building was impressively completed in 1986 by Richard Rogers who adopted a radical Bowelism style while designing the 311-foot structure. Constructed of concrete, stainless steel and glass, Lloyd’s Building is also referred to as the ‘mechanical cathedral’. Its erratic design is used to maximize the space’s interior by placing the ducts, elevators, vents and such on the building’s exterior. Llyod’s Building has appeared in various movies including Guardians of the Galaxy, The Avengers, Anomaly and more.
The exterior of the British Museum in London is grand and resembles what many ancient Greek buildings looked like; tall, made of concrete, and columns in throughout the entrance. However, the central courtyard of the British Museum holds The Great Court, a canopy-styled space designed with state-of-the-art engineering. The Great Court was first used for storage but now serves as an exhibition to everyone who visits the museum. The space is intricately designed, particularly its glass roof, and has lured over 113 million people to visit as of December 6th, 2020.
An unprecedented 375-foot sculpture and observation tower in London, The Orbit is a must-see attraction, not only because of its design, but because it’s also the tallest and longest tunnel slide in the world.
One of the first buildings to incorporate wind turbines in its structure design in the world, Strata SE1 is a 482-foot residential tower in Southwark, London. The structure holds 408 apartments and is home to over 1,000 residents. Imagine how long it takes you to get to the ground floor if you’re living in the penthouse.
Adjacent to Tower Bridge, City Hall is noted for its uniquely spherical design that stands out amid the more traditional scenery of the River Thames’ south bank. Despite its misleading name, City Hall serves as the offices of the Mayor of London and the London Assembly, not as the town’s city hall. The structure utilizes eco-friendly materials such as its solar paneled roof, and its circular shape also helps conserve energy because it minimizes the surface area of the interior.
Modern Architecture Tour London
London has various tours that you can take around its lively city.
From the classic, red, Big Bus tours, to privately intimate museum tours, and modern architecture tours, there’s a tour in London that suits everyone.
If you book a modern architecture tour in London, you’ll be able to visit many of the contemporary buildings that we mentioned in the previous paragraph, plus more.
Reach out and tell us about your London experience or which of our cutting-edge structures was your favorite!
Architecture Enthusiast with several industry publications.