12 November 2008


Here's a few buildings I saw around the city.

The first set of photos are of a new development in the centre of the city masterplanned by BDP one of Europe's largest design practices. The area is called Paradise Street. It's a huge retail development at the heart of the city sort of on the lines of Almere in the Netherlands. Though architecturally it has an interesting set of buildings I wonder if retail development are the only way to save the European city?

Above a building designed by Glenn Howells Architects.

The next four snaps are of a building designed by Allies and Morrison Architects.
The next snap is of a building and bridge designed by Wilkinson Eyre
And this last one from this development was designed by the office of Cesar Pelli - Pelli Clarke Pell
Liverpool has seen a lot of building activity in the last few years and further from the Paradise Street development along the waterfront there is yet another grand project being built. This is the Museum of Liverpool designed by 3XN Architects, an exciting practise based in Copenhagen, Denmark. The museum is the zig-zag building being built in the photo below.
And the last set of photos from the city are of the Tate Liverpool. The gallery is housed in an impressive 19th Century cluster of Albert Dock. It is a complex of dock buildings and warehouses designed by Jesse Hartley and Philip Hardwick, it was opened in 1846. Today this complex is a vital component of the UNESCO World Heritage Maritime Mercantile City. The Tate gallery asked architect James Sterling to fit out the grade 1 building to help them move into what was quiet a dilapidated Albert Dock in the mid 80's.Above is the only snap I took inside the building (sadly this is one more museum/gallery where you are not allowed to take snaps inside!). This is the entrance foyer with one of the most famous pieces of late 19th century sulpture - Rodin’s The Kiss.

I would end by saying that no visit to Liverpool can be complete without having visited Albert Dock!

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