The Floating House of Parliament

The world's biggest Architecture firm Gensler, proposes to build a 250-metre-long and 42-metre-deep temporary parliament building on London's River Thames in attempts to reduce the cost of refurbishing the crumbling Palace of Westminster. Earlier this year a government committee established to investigate the condition of the Palace of Westminster found that the building was facing an "impending crisis" and was at growing risk of a "catastrophic event". The original Palace of Westminster also known as the Houses of Parliament was built between 1840 and 1870 by Charles Barry and Augustus Pugin. It is now in urgent need of refurbishment work estimated to cost between £4 billion and £7 billion. 

Gensler’s design is based on the largest medieval timber roof in Europe which was commissioned in 1393 by Richard II – the hammer-beam roof of Westminster Hall. The floating building would be shaped like an elongated bubble and would be constructed from steel modules and a wooden frame clad in curved panels of glass. It would also provide all the necessary environmental and acoustic containment. 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.

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