With a record number of tall buildings planned for the capital, London is expecting an unprecedented change to its skyline. Focusing on the growing tall building clusters within central London, at the City of London’s ‘Eastern Cluster’ and at Blackfriars, the images created by creative imagery house Visualhouse help envision how some of London’s iconic vistas could look in the near future.
The Evolving London Skyline
Wednesday 4 May – Monday 30 May 2016
NLA Guest Gallery A, The Building Centre,
26 Store Street, London
Created by commissioning a series of panoramic shots of the existing London skyline onto which the proposed ‘tall buildings’ would be layered into, the CGIs include any building over 20 storeys that have received planning approval and would complete by 2030.
These complex buildings were positioned into the existing cityscape using 3D model files from the architect, with reference points including aerial photos and an accurate city model. To create a photo-realistic future, Visualhouse then rendered the new buildings into the landscape, predicting the light and shadow that development would create on neighbouring and other proposed properties. The images were created to support the NLA and GL Hearn London Tall Buildings Survey 2016, which found 436 new towers planned for London.
Creating these accurate future visions enables stories to be told about buildings before they’ve been built, helping secure planning permissions, allowing designs to be enhanced, garnering support for schemes, assisting in sales and marketing, and – in this instance – allowing the world to see how London will look in 2030.