little insight why the first idea was dissmissed and why we have this current building
these are comments by HRH prince charles
One Poultry, London
WHAT THE PRINCE SAID: In the same 'carbuncle' speech the Prince burned his friendship with polo pal Peter (now Lord) Palumbo by criticising his
plans, devised by German-born modernist Mies van der Rohe, for a skyscraper to replace the Victorian Mappin & Webb building. "It would be a tragedy
if the character and skyline of our capital city were to be further ruined and St Paul's dwarfed by yet another giant glass stump, better suited to
downtown Chicago than the City of London," said the Prince.
WHAT HAPPENED: A hollow victory for HRH. The plans were abandoned, only to be replaced by a design by Sir James Stirling that Charles later said
"looks rather like an old 1930s wireless". Lord Palumbo, who became chairman of the Arts Council, responded: "I can only say God bless the Prince
of Wales, and God save us from his architectural judgment."