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Thursday, 13 January 2011

Old and New

St Helen's church built in the early 1200's and St Mary Axe (Gherkin) behind it, opened in 2004. The Gherkin is currently the second tallest building in London but will drop down a place after the Shard opens.
I'll show you progress on this new building soon. Do let me know what you think of it.

27 comments:

Babzy said...

i really like the contrast :)Nice Compo !

AnKa said...

I think the neighbouring old and new buildings in many places add to the special "flair" of London - not always, but often. It shouldn't become a city of skyscrapers, though.

John said...

Some time ago I spent time round there and the Lloyds building with 35mm monochrome and wide angle lenses - it's a great area for photos.

Kate said...

I like the juxtaposition of the two buildings from two different eras.

Northern Girl Knits said...

THAT is a great photo. Wonderful contrast.

Shaggy said...

Love the blog but I'm afraid this is St Andrew's rather than St Helen's, although easily confused as St Andrew's is an offshoot chapel of St Helen's.

Luis Gomez said...

Lovely. I like how both buildings look together.

Leatherdykeuk said...

Splendid shot.

lewi14 said...

Wonderful and amazing shot!

Sharon said...

Fantastic shot. I love the contrast between the two buildings. The Gherkin is so wedged in between other buildings it's hard to get a full on shot. I think the contrast works even better.

celine said...

Your photo made me think about those pictures I had made in London and where the contrast was as stricking:

http://frenchiesinlondon.over-blog.com/article-opposes-43566629.html

jabblog said...

The London skyline is ever-changing and this is a great illustration of that.

Anna said...

I'll take the old over the new. But find the two an interesting juxtaposition.

Louis la Vache said...

What a contrast between the elegant old building and le godemiché.
;-D

Ron Scheer said...

This is a fascinating neighborhood to take a walking tour through. The gherkin cracks me up.

phoenix said...

I love the gherkin - its shape reminds me of an Xmas lightbulb.

RedPat said...

Another great shot! Love it.

IleDuLevant said...

For me, this rich architectural palimpsest gives London a depth of beauty and fascination that will take more than one lifetime to examine. Just round the corner from here we have Leadenhall Market contrasting with Lloyd's, complete with a preserved wall from the previous Lloyd's building. Indeed, inside Lloyd's itself we have the Georgian Adam Room transplanted from Bowood House.

I have a feeling the Shard is already the tallest building in London, having overtaken One Canada Square just before Christmas. Restricting ourselves to the Square Mile, or the City of London, the Gherkin used to be the second tallest behind Tower 42, but last year the Heron Tower rose above them both. In a couple of years, its throne will be usurped by the Pinnacle/Bishopsgate Tower or "Helter Skelter". My favourite 122 Leadenhall, or the Cheesegrater, sloped to preserve views of St Paul's Cathedral, will be built between the Gherkin and Lloyd's complete with an atrium designed to frame views of yet another nearby church.

Karine said...

Great shot, I love the contrast between the two buildings!

Anonymous said...

bel contrasto anche se preferisco il vecchio al nuovo. ciao elisabetta

Irina said...

Old. The more old the better. And great shot, as usual.

PhotoPuddle said...

Fantastic. I love views which include old and new buildings like this.

Jack said...

What a wonderful contrast!!! I guess I will withhold architectural criticism about whether i like the gherkin or not. Show this way, the scene is wonderful.

H said...

I love the way you have set-off the old against the new. If one of those original worshippers could see this view, he would believe the end of the world had come!

Winchester Daily Photos said...

old and new..

Emm said...

What a stunning shot! I did one myself once too but your composition is far better. Look forward to your Shard photos!

Emm said...

What a stunning shot! I did one myself once too but your composition is far better. Look forward to your Shard photos!

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