A London skyscraper that was likened to a “giant sperm” by critics has been vetoed by mayor Sadiq Khan over fears it will ruin the skyline.
Plans for the 1,000ft Tulip building have been rejected by Mr Khan for lacking “world-class design.”
The flower-inspired development, on land at 20 Bury Street, would have become the second tallest building in Western Europe after the Shard and would have stood at 305.3 metres high.
Despite claims that the architecture was “truly unique” and would increase the number of people visiting the capital at weekends, plans were vetoed by the London Review Panel.
The mayor of London’s reason for rejecting the application from Brazil’s J Safra Group and Foster + Partners was because the Tulip would not “constitute the high standard of design required for a tall building in this location.”
[It would] cause harm to the historic environment, the wider skyline and image of London, strategic views as well as the public space surrounding the site
There were also concerns that the building likened to a “giant sperm” would “harm” London’s skyline.
He continued: “The proposal would compromise the ability to appreciate the outstanding universal value of the Tower of London…and would cause harm to the historic environment, the wider skyline and image of London, strategic views as well as the public space surrounding the site.”
When plans were first revealed for the 12-storey glass Tulip, Londoners were quick to make phallic comparisons with the building.
Sophia Sleigh commented: “Looks a bit like a giant sperm to me…”
Adam Harrison added: “Surely Norman Foster’s Tulip would be more accurately called The Bell End?”
Alongside the failure to match the aesthetic of London’s skyline, Sadiq Khan also commented on the benefits for the public.
He said: “The public benefits of the scheme are limited and would not outweigh this harm.”
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The Corporation’s Planning and Transportation Committee voted 18 to seven to approve the project, despite concerns that it could impede views of London.
J Safra also owns London’s Gherkin, on land adjacent tot he proposed Tulip site.
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