Shuttleworth to redesign Pinnacle

World renowned architect Ken Shuttleworth has been identified as one of the leading contenders to redesign the stalled Pinnacle Tower in the City of London. 

Ken’s proposal would use much simpler geometry in order to cut build costs. He plans to reduce the height, but still create the tallest tower in the City. 

The original 945 ft skyscraper, designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox (KPF), is currently stalled at the seventh floor and has failed to secure a pre-let or adequate finance. The swirling design, similar to a helter skelter, is highlighted as reason for spiralling costs. Shuttleworth told the Guardian “The geometry of the Pinnacle is impossible. It makes the Swiss Re (Gherkin) look simple. In short, it is too complicated to build because each piece of glass is a different size.” 

Below is an image of the current stalled scheme. 

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Here is what the KPF-designed tower was supposed to look like

The building’s developers, Arab Investments, and the contactors, Brookfield Multiplex, are due to begin a three-month review of their options. The new designs will be considered as a way of getting the stalled scheme moving.

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