London's new residential skyscrapers and the big name architects competing to dominate the skyline

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The Flower, Battersea Power Station

Architect: Frank Gehry
Known for: Guggenheim Museum, Louis Vuitton Foundation in Paris.
Vision: “A design that’s uniquely London, that respects and celebrates the historical vernacular of the city”.
Need to know: The design is meant to evoke the billowing sails of ships.

South Bank Tower, Southwark

Architect: Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates
Known for: The Heron Tower, The Pinnacle, Shanghai World Financial Centre.
Vision: “An urban block that preserves embodied energy, and renews without total replacement.”
Need to know: 41 storeys, 192 homes and 4 penthouses.

South Quay Plaza, Docklands

Architect: Foster + Partners
Known for: The Gherkin, Millennium Bridge, Great Court at the British Museum
Vision: “Our scheme only builds on a third of the site, opening up the remaining 1.5 acres to the public.”
Need to know: 68 storeys, 220m high, with a 38 storey tower. One of the tallest residential towers in the UK.

One Blackfriars, Blackfriars

Architect: Ian Simpson
Known for: The Beetham Tower, the redevelopment of Manchester City Centre
Vision: “Over 3,000 of the 5,476 external glazing panels have been installed and not one of them are the same.”
Need to know: 170m high tower, 274 apartments.

One Park Drive, Canary Wharf

Architect: Herzog & de Meuron
Known for: Lord’s cricket ground, Tate Modern
Vision: “Offering a sense of individuality in a larger development”
Need to know: 58 storeys, three ‘zones’, 438 apartments.

Canaletto, Shoreditch

Architect: Ben Van Berkel
Known for: Erasmus Bridge Rotterdam, Mercedes-Benz Museum Stuttgart.
Vision: “Sets of three to five adjacent floors together to create a series of ‘neighbourhoods in the sky’.”
Need to know: A 30-storey tower with 190 apartments, split into three clusters.

Centrepoint, West End

Architect: Conran & Partners
Known for: The Design Museum, Habitat.
Vision: “The building's personality comes from its texture, which creates a deep three-dimensional pattern of shadow and light.”
Need to know: Grade II Listed, 82 new apartments over 34 floors.

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