We have known for some time that the Palace of Westminster is due a major multi-billion overhaul. With discussions around how Parliament will continue during the refurbishment and talks of a temporary relocation.
Gensler has proposed a concept which I personally feel offers a great solution. Obviously keeping the operations next door to the current location solves a lot of problems from a logistics point of view and minimises any additional expense claims or rental costs.
But the most interesting thing from my point of view is the solution. Visually the juxtapose of the old against the new is a refreshing and inspirational concept which will promote modern Britain but the simplicity of the concept and the fact that once used, surely any floating structure can be relocated and used for similar or other applications elsewhere.
The world's biggest architecture firm has proposed moving the UK's Lords and MPs into a bubble-like building on London's River Thames to reduce the cost of refurbishing the crumbling Palace of Westminster. Gensler, which has one of its largest offices in London, wants to create a 250-metre-long and 42-metre-deep temporary parliament building from steel modules and a wooden frame clad in curved panels of glass. The modules would be made by British shipbuilders before being transported along the River Thames and assembled on steel platforms behind the neo-gothic Palace of Westminster.