Yesterday’s post brought us to London and I thought we would stay there for yet another day and take a look at the Palace of Westminster. I’m not a big fan of its architecture but it’s impressive in its own way but I do like the sun as it peeks over the top of the tower and the way it shines on the street light on the Westminster Bridge.
The BT Tower is a communications tower located in London. In total it is 191 meters high and was, until 1980, the tallest building of London. Its primary purpose back in the 1960’s, when it was built, was to support the microwave aerials that were used to carry telecommunications traffic from London to the rest of the country.
The tower is still in use but microwave links have been replaced by subterranean fibre optic links. An interesting anecdote is that the tower was designated an offical secret by the parliament and did not appear on any maps until it was officially “revealed” in 1993, some 31 years after being constructed.
Last summer me and my family visited London. I took a photo of the railway station King’s cross which we visited quite a few times since it was situated close to our hotel. Looking at the photo made me think of Hovedbanegården in Copenhagen. Compared to eachother they have a lot in common but also a lot of unique features.
The majestic St. Paul’s Cathedral looms just across the Thames from the museum Tate Modern. A brisk walk over the beautiful Millenium Bridge takes you almost to the very doors of the Cathedral where, I imagine, people stand in awe of its impressive size. I still haven’t had the pleasure of visiting it but perhaps during our next visit to the city?
The nickname for the building below is The Walkie-Talkie but its actual name is the same as where it can be found: 20 Fenchurch Street. This 160 meter high skyscraper is a commercial building with different companies as tenants. It was completed in spring 2014 and costed over 200 million Pounds to construct.
I find it beautiful and the architecture really makes it stand out, even in a city such as London. However. During the final stages of the construction unforseen problems arose in the form of a solar glare issue. It was discovered that, for up to two hours a day, the building acts as a concave mirror which focuses the sun’s light onto the streets to the south. In those areas the spot temperature rose to well over 90 °C during the summer of 2013. The beam of light was up to six times brighter than ordinary sunlight and damaged parked cars on the street nearby. This made the media naming the building The Fryscraper. To get rid of the problem a permanent awning was installed.
One advantage of having a boy, about one year old, is that you get to see an awful lot of everything due to being up horribly early in the morning, or is it perhaps, up really late in the night?;) Anyway, on this particular day we ended up by the City Hall of London just as the sun rose over the adjacent buildings. I like the shadows and the warm, almost golden light, in the front of the picture.