Plans for a tulip-shaped observatory tower in the centre of London have been rejected.
In a document published by the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, it was decided the appeal for planning permission would be turned down on the basis that the structure could become “an eyesore”.
The document also notes that the proposed building would have been a “distraction” from the other buildings in the Cluster – and would “appear to challenge” other buildings rather than merge into them.
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Concerns with the functionality of the building are raised in the report, with the document noting: “The Secretary of State agrees with the Inspector that little if any thought has been given to how the building would function over its extended lifetime.
“He notes that there are no plans for its re-use when it has served its purpose as a viewing tower, or for its demolition.
“He agrees that if the owner were disinclined with little incentive, it would leave either an unmaintained eyesore or a large public liability, and this counts heavily against its design quality.”
The Secretary of State also took aim at the design of the building, writing: “The way the gondolas, slide and skywalk have been incorporated into the viewing areas has produced a compromised design that is neither a flamboyant expression nor a consistent elegance.”
Overall, it was decided the Tulip did not meet the criteria for “world-class architecture.”
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The Tulip was originally intended to function as a viewing platform and would dwarf neighbouring attractions such as the Gherkin.
The report added: “Overall, the Secretary of State agrees with the inspector that the approach would be a muddle of architectural ideas and would be compromised and that the unresolved principles behind the design would mean that in many regards it would fall between two stools.
“He further agrees that the development would not amount to a design of outstanding quality and that the quality of design would not be nearly high enough as to negate its harm to the settings of heritage assets.”
Social media users have always been quick point out that the tower was “curiously shaped” with many in stitches suggesting it looked like a “massive sperm”.
“Sad news for fans of curiously shaped observatory towers,” GB News journalist Tom Harwood wrote
“Michael Gove’s super-ministry @LUHC has just rejected planning permission for the new London ̶S̶p̶e̶r̶m̶ Tulip.”
“Thank God! It wasn’t a tulip, it looked like a giant sperm,” another person said when the tower was initially vetoed by London’s mayor.
Another previously added: “Is it just me or does the planned tulip look a little like a monster sized sperm ?!?!”
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