> > Followed by the city of London school opposite
> the Tate Modern
From memory, I can think of half a dozen worse City buildings blighting the views of St Pauls from SE1, which should be higher up any X list -
1. the copper roofed prewar telephone exchange on the north side of Queen Victoria Stret
2. the 1960s BT buildings (Baynard House?) around St Benet Pauls Wharf and the nearby traffic ramp.
3. the upper floors of the Unilever building on the corner of Blackfriars Bridge Approach/Victoria Embankment;
4. the 1980s building with all the ridiculous 45° angle pedimenty bits immediately east of the City of London School;
5. Blackfriars Station - both what's left of the Victorian station and the 1970s building above it (KPMG?);
6. Terry Farrell's 80s post modernist monstrosity on London Wall, Alban Gate, which is ridiculously overlit at night and detracts from any attempt to photograph the city at dusk or night.
Whether they will all be put to shame by the new design for Puddle Dock by Will Allsop that will replace the Mermaid Theatre is unclear (You can see some of my X list next to the new building on the relevant page of the practice's site) I'm a bit concerned that the red facade of the planned building is typical 'magazine architecture' shouting "Look at me!"
St. George's wharf started out looking quite interesting, but it seems to be proliferating without end...it's going to end up in Chelsea the way things are going, getting ever higher and higher. Bring on the dynamite! (And while you're at it, put mines in Potters Fields so they will be scared off from putting those awfyl gasworks there....UGH! In fact, someone please dynamite the Berkeley/St. George head offices NOW)