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PLP Architecture is a London-based group of architects, designers and thinkers who value the transformative role of ideas and the capacity for architecture to inspire. The practice is led by a group of partners including Lee Polisano, David Leventhal, Karen Cook and Ron Bakker, who formerly were in charge of KPF’s London office for over 20 years.

While they bring a global perspective to their projects, their design resolutions are delivered through an understanding of local conditions. Design challenges are viewed not as a series of constraints but rather as opportunities for exciting, environmentally responsive architecture and sustainable urban design.

The foundation of their work lies in a commitment to the quality of life in the city, a delight in the handling of material, space and light and an optimism about architecture’s potential to enrich society.

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PLP Architecture Connected Global News

New York City’s 1710 Broadway Site Up for Sale

New York City’s 1710 Broadway Site Up for Sale

2 Apr 2018, New York City – The site at 1710 Broadway in New York City is being sold. Originally planned for a…

City Releases a Vision for London’s Skyline in 2026

City Releases a Vision for London’s Skyline in 2026

3 Jan 2018, London – The City of London Corporation has released renderings of the city’s expected skyline in…

Amsterdam’s World Trade Center to Receive Extension

Amsterdam’s World Trade Center to Receive Extension

16 Nov 2017, Amsterdam – A new addition to the World Trade Center in Amsterdam has been unveiled, and will…

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New York City’s 1710 Broadway Site Up for Sale
2 Apr 2018 – New York City, United States
The site at 1710 Broadway in New York City is being sold. Originally planned for a commercial skyscraper, the site is now being marketed for a residential building that…
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City Releases a Vision for London’s Skyline in 2026
3 Jan 2018 – London, United Kingdom
The City of London Corporation has released renderings of the city’s expected skyline in 2026, based on projects that are currently planned or under construction. The…
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Amsterdam’s World Trade Center to Receive Extension
16 Nov 2017 – Amsterdam, Netherlands
A new addition to the World Trade Center in Amsterdam has been unveiled, and will incorporate the floorplates of an existing tower into a new structure, resulting in…
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53-Story Tower Set to Win Planning in London’s South Bank
18 Jul 2017 – London, United Kingdom
A six-building complex, which includes a 53-story residential tower, is planned for London’s South Bank. The tower contains 227 flats above retail, plus a 34-story office…
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Architects Halve Size of London Tower to Appease Planners
6 Jul 2017 – London, United Kingdom
Architects have more than halved the size of their “co-living” scheme in Stratford, east London, following government consultations. Revisions include reducing the height…
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Developer Sticks to Initial 62-Story Plan for London’s 22 Bishopsgate
16 May 2017 – London, United Kingdom
The team behind the tower going up on the Square Mile at 22 Bishopsgate has decided to stick with its original taller scheme of 62 stories, weeks after being given…
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Revised Planning Application Reduces Height of London’s 22 Bishopsgate
6 Dec 2016 – London, United Kingdom
PLP has submitted revised plans for its tower at 22 Bishopsgate, reducing the skyscraper’s height by 23 meters. The new application for the tower in the City of London…
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Investors Proceed with 22 Bishopsgate in City of London
28 Oct 2016 – London, United Kingdom
The main investor of 22 Bishopsgate has said it will continue development of the skyscraper. The announcement follows reports that it would ask the scheme’s remaining…
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Future of London’s 22 Bishopsgate Unclear as Investors Weigh Options
31 Aug 2016 – London, United Kingdom
Investors behind the 62-story 22 Bishopsgate tower project in the City of London are weighing their options; they could either stick to a plan to continue work, delay the…
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Tower Development in London’s Whitechapel District Recommended for Approval
22 Aug 2016 – London, United Kingdom
A developer's plans for a multi-tower complex in London's Whitechapel district have been recommended for approval. The scheme includes towers of 25 and 18 stories, a…
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Developer to Take One Year to Revise Bishopsgate Goodsyard in London
25 Jul 2016 – London, United Kingdom
A developer has announced that it will spend a year redesigning its controversial Bishopsgate Goodsyard scheme in east London in an attempt to win the backing of…
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Approval Granted for Redevelopment of London’s Friars Bridge Court
19 Jul 2016 – London, United Kingdom
Approval has been granted for the redevelopment of the Friars Bridge Court building. Once complete, the 22-story office tower will provide 26,637 square meters of office…
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Redevelopment Plans Under Consultation for West London’s Old Oak Common
11 Jul 2016 – London, United Kingdom
A public consultation has begun on plans for a new, canal-side development on the former Cargiant lot at Old Oak Common in west London. The project will add a number of…
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London Mayor Approves PLP’s Westferry Tower as Term Nears End
3 May 2016 – London, United Kingdom
PLP Architecture received permission from the mayor of London for the redevelopment of the former Westferry Printworks on the Isle of Dogs. The scheme will see the…
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Developers Behind 22 Bishopsgate Win Controversial "Rights to Light" Battle
6 Apr 2016 – London, United Kingdom
Developers behind 22 Bishopsgate have won a controversial battle with neighboring landlords. City planners have overridden opposition from the community, which has…
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Proposed Master Plan in Shenzhen Includes Two Supertalls
11 Feb 2016 – Shenzhen, China
London-based PLP Architecture has revealed a master plan for a project in China that includes a concept for a 595-meter supertall tower composed of three rotated,…
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London’s 22 Bishopsgate Set for Approval
16 Nov 2015 – London, United Kingdom
The City of London looks set to approve the proposed replacement for the partially-built Pinnacle tower. The 278-meter skyscraper has been recommended for approval by the…
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New Micro-Housing Tower Proposed for East London
26 Oct 2015 – London, United Kingdom
A group of stakeholders has proposed a new housing scheme for East London that would include micro-housing units as part of a mixed-use program. If planning permission is…
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New Amsterdam Office Building Claims to be World’s Most Sustainable
25 Sep 2015 – Amsterdam, Netherlands
PLP Architecture’s new 40,000-square-meter office for Deloitte claims to be the world’s most sustainable office building, having been awarded the highest rating ever…
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Demolition Begins on London’s Pinnacle
21 Aug 2015 – London, United Kingdom
It was supposed to be the tallest building in the City of London. Instead, the Pinnacle skyscraper grew to just nine floors before falling victim to financial wrangling.…
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Plans for London’s 22 Bishopsgate Presented to the Public
15 Jun 2015 – London, United Kingdom
Plans for a 62-story tower that will replace the abandoned Pinnacle scheme in the City of London went on display June 15. The proposed building is 278 meters tall, 10…
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London’s Pinnacle to Be Demolished and Built From Scratch in $460 Million Deal
19 Feb 2015 – London, United Kingdom
Under news plans, the current site of the Pinnacle with be demolished and a new skyscraper, with a fresh design, will be built from scratch. Set to be completed in 2018…
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PLP Works Up Alternative Vauxhall Cross Towers in London
31 Oct 2014 – London, United Kingdom
PLP Architecture has drawn up alternative proposals for the Vauxhall Cross Towers site that feature the towers getting a substantial uplift to 140 meters and 170 meters,…
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Foshan New Town to Get Supertall
11 Jun 2014 – Foshan, China
PLP Architecture's latest mixed-use development is currently under construction in the Chinese city of Foshan. The 318-meter tower sits on a 65,000 square-meter site and…
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PLP's Southwark Towers Plan Wins Approval
16 Oct 2013 – London, United Kingdom
A development of nine new multi-story buildings on the South Bank in London has been given planning permission. The Southwark Council gave PLP Architecture the go-ahead…
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London's South Bank May See New Development
1 Nov 2012 – London, United Kingdom
Private equity firm Carlyle Group has submitted plans for a 425,000 square meter residential and office development in London. The development will be located close to…

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PLP Architecture at CTBUH

Does London Need Tall Buildings?

7 Oct 2015, Event Report – The CTBUH UK Chapter hosted a successful panel discussion posing the question "Does…

Activity at the CTBUH London Conference: Day One

11 Jun 2013, Conference Activity Report – See the highlights from the first day of the CTBUH 2013 London…

Lars Hesselgren

Lars Hesselgren

CTBUH Expert Peer Review Committee, 2014 – Present
London, United Kingdom

Karen Cook

Karen Cook

CTBUH Annual Conference, Presenter, 2017
London, United Kingdom

Lee Polisano

Lee Polisano

CTBUH Annual Conference, Presenter, 2013

CTBUH Resources Involving PLP Architecture

Are wind turbines just "window dressing," or can they contribute to a building's performance?

Dec 2013 – Monthly Video Series
Carmine Bilardello, Willis Group; Sir Terry Farrell, Farrells; Kamran Moazami, WSP; Lee Polisano, PLP Architecture; Rafael Viñoly, Rafael Viñoly Architects

Is it possible to construct a completely pre-fabricated megatall building (i.e. over 600 meters)?

Jul 2013 – Monthly Video Series
Talal Al Maiman, Kingdom Real Estate; Sir Terry Farrell, Farrells; Helmut Jahn, JAHN; Lee Polisano, PLP Architecture; Ken Shuttleworth, Make Architects; Werner Sobek, Werner Sobek Group; Zhang Yue, Ch

Session 6: The Urban and Public Realm

11 Jun 2013 – CTBUH 2013 London Conference
Sir Stuart Lipton, Sir Terry Farrell, Lee Polisano & Graham Stirk

Year in Review: Tall Trends of 2014

Dec 2014 – CTBUH Journal, 2015 Issue I
Daniel Safarik, Antony Wood, Marty Carver & Marshall Gerometta, CTBUH

The Special Nature of the European Skyscraper

Jun 2013 – CTBUH Journal, 2013 Issue II
Viewpoints: The London Conference

Papers/Research

Year in Review: Tall Trends of 2014
Dec 2014 – CTBUH Journal, 2015 Issue I; Daniel Safarik, Antony Wood, Marty Carver & Marshall Gerometta, CTBUH
An All-Time Record 97 Buildings of 200 Meters or Higher Completed in 2014 and 2014 showed further shifts towards Asia, and also surprising developments in building functions and structural materials.
The Special Nature of the European Skyscraper
Jun 2013 – CTBUH Journal, 2013 Issue II; Viewpoints: The London Conference
European architecture is at a crossroads. Its commercial and environmental realities are driving buildings ever-higher, but not all are convinced. In this article – contributed by various speakers at the London Conference – we ask: What is special…

Tall Buildings Involving PLP Architecture