Modernist Metropolis of London landmarks have been given a traditionalist makeover in honour of King Charles III forward of his coronation this weekend.
Run by an nameless British architect, Featherbottom & Companions (FAP) is a satirical challenge that reimagines well-known modernist buildings in a method extra according to the King’s tastes.
Charles has a well known desire for classical structure over fashionable designs and has made a number of controversial interventions into the constructed atmosphere over time.
For its first work, titled A Metropolis for a King, FAP has produced ideas for Metropolis of London skyscrapers that have been “impressed by examples praised by the King.”
These together with Foster + Companions’ 30 St Mary Axe, higher often known as the Gherkin, and RSHP’s The Leadenhall Constructing, generally referred to as the Cheesegrater.
Additionally refashioned are 22 Bishopsgate by PLP Structure and Kohn Pedersen Fox’s 52 Lime Road, generally dubbed the Scalpel.
Glass facades make means for stone, whereas glossy varieties are altered by ecclesiastical gabled roofs and spires, with added touches akin to dormer home windows, arches and pillars.
The tongue-in-cheek FAP challenge describes itself as “redefining British structure in devotion to King Charles III”.
“Our new monarch has devoted himself to enlightening British architects on the way to conduct themselves and construct a Britain to his liking,” a spokesperson for FAP instructed Dezeen.
“Featherbottom & Companions’ manifesto is to embrace conventional and classical design ideas impressed by our majesty’s teachings and architectural critique.”
“Our imaginative and prescient for the guts of our majesty’s capital is to align to the King’s critique of the carbuncle that’s the Metropolis of London,” the spokesperson added.
“The 4 largest and most important towers of the Metropolis cluster are to be redesigned, impressed by examples praised by the King, akin to Poundbury in Dorset the place the facade redesign, particularly, is emulating this English architectural gem.”
Charles’ opposition to modernist structure goes again a very long time. In 1984, Charles gave an notorious speech on the Royal Institute of British Architects by which he described a proposed high-tech extension to the Nationwide Gallery as “a monstrous carbuncle on the face of a much-loved and stylish buddy”, with the design later scrapped.
The then-prince additionally spearheaded a profitable marketing campaign to kibosh plans for a Mies van der Rohe tower within the Metropolis, which might have been the vastly influential architect’s solely UK constructing.
Charles has additionally helped develop new cities in-built a classical fashion, most notably Poundbury in Dorset.
The pictures are courtesy of Featherbottom & Companions.