Published the first sketches of the interior of the floating building of the British Parliament
The American architectural firm Gensler, which proposed an extraordinary concept of a temporary Parliament building on the River Thames, published the first images of its interiors.
The idea is being discussed as a possible solution to the problem of the relocation of parliamentarians from the Palace of Westminster during its lengthy and inevitable reconstruction.
Experts Gensler argue that the internal architecture contains the recognizable features of the Palace of Westminster, and the overall design is inspired by the grand wooden roof of Westminster Hall with its carved rafters.
The meeting rooms of the House of Commons and the House of Lords will be accurately reproduced and maintained in order to create familiar conditions for members of parliament.
The temporary building will also recreate the Royal Gallery and the Central Hall, which play an important role in parliamentary traditions.For example, there are receptions and state-level ceremonies.
The timber-framed building, erected on several steel platforms, is an impressive high-tech construction with an area of 8600 square meters. m
The building will be highlighted at night, and the space between the outer “cocoon” and the box of the building itself, the so-called “Inner deck”, will be filled with plants. Ceiling glazing - another remarkable detail of the Palace of Westminster - will allow the chamber to be lit with natural light, ensuring the privacy and security of members of parliament.
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Philip Par, design director of Gensler, said: “It is important that the project is close to those well-known interiors that people are used to, which makes it recognizable as a Parliament, but we conceived a modern interpretation.
“Building a building from scratch makes it possible to use already proven principles in its design that effectively promote teamwork, improve well-being and productivity.We tried to open the building for daylight as much as possible, thought out zones with greenery that saturate the rooms with oxygen, and used the “Inner Deck” as a place where spontaneous interactions and dialogue can occur. ”
"We are aware that any decision that allows the entire parliament to be moved will require an investment of popular money, therefore we put moderation and efficiency at the forefront."
“We focused on the Palace of Westminster in order to preserve the recognition of Parliament in our project and make it easier for parliamentarians to get used to and use the building. The simplicity of the interiors makes the building multifunctional, which is important for its subsequent use. ”
Jan Mulcahy, Managing Director of Gensler, comments: “In a world full of uncertainty, the Parliament building remains a symbol of stability and democracy. Being the heart of the government, it has acquired a well-deserved status both abroad and among the thousands of tourists who come here every year. ”
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“The concept clearly expresses the need for the constancy of the government’s presence at its historic location in Westminster.The urgent need for a major overhaul of the Palace of Westminster provides the UK with a unique opportunity to demonstrate the country's intransigence, as well as its creativity in design. ”
The concept of a temporary parliament building was presented to the public at the beginning of this month. Gensler argues that their proposal will allow in a short time to begin repairing the palace and save British taxpayers more than £ 1.8 billion.
When the reconstruction of the palace is completed, the modular design will be transported to another location and adapted for further continued use of the emerging democracies of the overseas territories as the Museum of Democracy or the new parliament.