More London is a big development in the south bank of the Thames, enclosed by two of the most famous bridges in the city: Tower Bridge and London Bridge.
While Townshend Landscape Architects designed all the greenery and the pedestrian areas which include even the caved-in amphitheatre known as The Scoop.
It is an architectural experience to walk here admiring all the sleek facades typical of Foster’s latest realizations. Every single building is fully glazed but what is really admiring is the environmental attention that has been paid during the designing process for these buildings. Foster is well-known for his dedication to find innovative solutions in order to optimize his buildings’ energy performance working on their shape and using the right combination of active and passive design strategies to minimize the negative environmental impacts of them.
More London, together with The Shard and the conversion of the old Bankside Power Station into the Tate Modern Gallery, has certainly made a considerable contribution to the aesthetical, functional, social, economic regeneration of the borough of Southwark which is now confidently facing the river Thames rather than backing away. Southbank and the riverside walk is hugely popular now and through More London development an easy access to the river has been provided.
So if you are in London try to look at these outstanding buildings of More London with curiosity and look at the reflections on the glossy surfaces, look up and you’ll see unexpected shapes, lines and lights that combine together creating beautiful images, stroll in the middle of the pathway but then leave it and explore those tiny passages, go where people don’t usually go, you may not find anything interesting or you may find a treasure…if you can see it!