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Student lifts the lid on London mayor for roof competition

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July 23 2010

Student lifts the lid on London mayor for roof competition
Graham Mitchell Architect’s Anna Gibb has given Sir Christopher Wren a run for his money after redesigning the historic dome of St Paul’s Cathedral, as an over the top lair for London’s bouffant boss.

This madness is product of the ‘Design a Roof’ competition run in conjunction with Monier Redland and the AJ after Gibb used the compo as a platform to design “A new home for BoJo.”

Describing an “affection” for the ‘Borisisms’ that have come to define Johnson’s tenure at his City Hall testicle HQ Gibb chose to emulate the classical vein of the mayor’s schooling by emulating the home of Ancient Roman Emperors on Palatine hill.

If its conception was historic its implementation is undeniably modern however with a series of “living pods” suspended bat like above the church floor and a glazed public roof garden topping the mayors wood panelled haunt.

In true secret lair fashion a false door will allow the mayor to escape the bedlam of office to an adjoining private apartment from which he may “survey his domain”.

Referencing a preoccupation with cycling - London’s Street’s have recently been daubed with a noisy Tory blue resin patchwork of cycle lanes, Gibb has created a “Boris highway” to the foot of the Cathedral and around its once graceful dome.
English heritage have not commented on the proposals
English heritage have not commented on the proposals

2 Comments

Alan Dunlop
#1 Posted by Alan Dunlop on 27 Jul 2010 at 05:42 AM
Great spread in the AJ, Anna. Good to see some real drawings for once. Very clever.
DA
#2 Posted by DA on 27 Jul 2010 at 21:37 PM
Anna 'the Dunlop' Gibb. Alan’s prodigy! Shes following in your foot steps AD, media machine too!

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