Design for a suggested development of multi-storey buildings surrounding St Paul's Cathedral, Joseph Emberton

Design for a suggested development of multi-storey buildings surrounding St Paul's Cathedral, Joseph Emberton

Design for a suggested development of multi-storey buildings surrounding St Paul's Cathedral, London, with the River Thames in the foreground.
Joseph Emberton
1946
Pencil drawing
RIBA no. PA233/2
www.RIBApix.com RIBA20381
RIBA Library Drawings Collection

Emberton (1889-1956) was an influential pioneer of modern architecture in Britain during the 1930's and 1940's.  He was strongly in favour of high-rise buildings and innovative materials such as concrete and stainless steel. Here, he has envisioned a new development of high office buildings dwarfing St Paul's Cathedral.  Had it gone ahead, this scheme would have dramatically altered London's skyline and would not have been in keeping with Holden and Holford's more sympathetic plan for the area.

This drawing can be found in RIBA Print Room Box 'Exploring Skylines'.