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Canary Wharf Tower (One Canada Square)

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Canary Wharf Tower (One Canada Square)

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Canary Wharf Tower (One Canada Square)

Canary Wharf Tower, also known as One Canada Square, is a prominent feature of the London skyline. At 771 feet, it’s currently the tallest building in Britain, but will be usurped around 2010 when the London Bridge Shard next to London Bridge Station is completed. Clad in steel, it has almost 4000 windows and is capped by an 11 ton, 130-foot-high pyramid. The light on the top - a warning to aircraft - flashes 40 times a minute.

The tower was designed by an Argentinian architect, Cesar Pelli, and named Canada as a reference to the Canadian company that built it, Olympia and York. Current occupants include the Mirror and Telegraph newspapers, Canary Wharf Group plc and Citibank. Members of the public are not allowed on the upper floors, but the ground floor, foyer and basement are home to a transport interchange and shopping mall. French stunt climber, Alain Robert, scaled the tower without ropes or equipment in 1995, but had to be rescued during his second attempt in 2002.

Photo: Rajeshwar Chahal


Your comments

After a couple of decades towering over the Docklands, 1 Canada Square has been an instantly recognisable symbol of the modern commercial face of London.

Arjun Kar

This monstrosity destroyed the remnants of a riverfront skyline made famous by Canalletto. The centenial wheel is the cherry on the tart.
dave erickson



My nomination is the garden shed.