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London boasts a dense concentration of architectural talent, and recent
projects by designers based there ingeniously contribute to the city's noble
historic streetscapes in ways that respect and reference centuries past while
simultaneously bolstering the metropolis's reputation as one of the world's
most modern and progressive capitals.
London 2000 + portrays twenty-eight projects completed since the millennium,
representing a broad range of design styles and scales. Prominent structures
such as Sir Norman Foster's iconic "Gherkin," the London Eye by Marks Barfield,
Daniel Libeskind's addition to the London Metropolitan University campus, and
Herzog & de Meuron's Laban Dance Center are featured alongside lesser-known
buildings of merit by innovative, emerging designers to provide a superb
representation of the many lively firms active in the city today.
Author Sam Lubell also features projects that illustrate creative examples of
adaptive reuse and renovation in compact urban quarters—a library that
incorporates outdoor gathering spaces to revitalize a formerly depressed
neighborhood, a primary school that insulates students from street noise while
providing rooftop play space, a Victorian-era train maintenance station
reconfigured as a popular performing arts venue, a vibrant modern addition to
an Edwardian townhouse, and elevated footbridges that facilitate pedestrian
traffic in the city's congested center, among others.
Prominent structures covered include:
Sir Norman Foster's Swiss Re building, dubbed the "Gherkin"
The London Eye by Marks Barfield
Daniel Libeskind's addition to London Metropolitan University
Herzog & de Meuron's Laban Dance Center