Architect Maurice Shapero recently unveiled renderings for a cross-shaped skyscraper to rise over Liverpool, England. The 67-story King Edward Tower, named after a pub that was once on the building site, would include a restaurant that crosses through the vertical space, providing a "horizontal element free from the tethers of the ground." It certainly isn't the strangest skyscraper to ever be proposed—no, those honors could arguably to go the Taiwan's latest plan or Milan's vertical forest—but still, a secular cruciform tower is pretty unusual. Shapero insists that the building's shape is free from religious metaphor; the Cartesian grid is his "favourite geometry," he says in a statement. "To me, hierarchy and ownership are as illusory as everything else in this world."
· Cross-Shaped Skyscraper Planned for Liverpool [Dezeen]
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