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Tower Threatens To Crucify Liverpool Skyline

Plans for the King Edward Tower in Liverpool have been radically revised by Maruice Shapero to create a cruciform tower that replaces the more conventional previous designs by Leach Rhodes Walker.

Those proposals saw a religiously inspired building proposed in 2007 that took its cues from Liverpool's gigantic Anglican and Catholic cathedrals before being further revised in 2010 to create a more colourful look.

Now though Shapero has penned a design 199 metres in height that will contain apartments. About three quarters of the way up the building a restaurant is cantilevered out on two sides creating what appears to be a cross.

The concept the architect has embraced is not religious but rather that of creating a slender vertical element, albeit one that is staggered to respond to the irregular shape of the site, and then countering it with an intersecting horizontal one. Unfortunately such a look has a highly loaded meaning, one that is bound to be controversial regardless of the merits of the scheme.

Liverpool City Council has proven in the past to be hugely conservative with the designs it gives planning approval to so such an outlandish design will come as a surprise to many.

A planning application won't even be submitted until the developers have resolved the present funding for the 130 million project indicating that perhaps this is little more than an architectural vision, and the latest step in long-running negotiations to offload the site to dominant local developer, Peel.

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