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Friday25 July 2014

RCA students plan giant timber tower for Wembley

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200m tall tower one of 12 designs for ‘meanwhile’ competition

A 200m tall timber tower next door to Wembley Stadium is one of the designs proposed in a ‘meanwhile’ temporary buildings competition featuring the work of students from the RCA’s architecture school.

Called the Splinter, the tower is the most eye-catching of a dozen designs put forward by 12 groups of students for a patch of land in Wembley.

The Splinter, the work of students from the RCA’s architecture school

The Splinter, the work of students from the RCA’s architecture school

The site is close to the White Horse bridge which takes fans to and from the north London venue.

The Splinter, the work of students from the RCA’s architecture school

The Splinter, the work of students from the RCA’s architecture school

Its designers say the Splinter has been inspired by the unfinished Watkin’s tower which was built in Wembley and got up to 47 storeys before being closed because of fears about its safety. It was eventually demolished in 1907 – 17 years after the architectural competition for the tower was first held.

A spokeswoman for Brent Council said it was working with the students on designs for a temporary building which will be made out of wood. An information board has also been proposed.

She added: “The winning design is expected to be built next year. In the new year, people will have the opportunity to bid to use the building for up to five years to deliver something that benefits the local community.”

All the designs are on show in the borough until the end of this week and the spokeswoman said: “The winning design will be subject to formal consultation through the planning process.”

Brent is hosting a number of Meanwhile projects in the borough including a parade of pop up shops on Queens Parade, Willeseden, which have already been praised by retail guru Mary Portas.

Brent message board

One of the proposals for a Brent message board

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Readers' comments (11)

  • Gosh, a phallic tower caught in the process of ejaculating : Obviously RCA tutors lack the critical faculties and mockery of those where I studied.

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  • 200m tall "Meanwhile" tower - I'm sorry, am I the only one to be shaking my head at how stupid this is?

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  • a match, a match !! - my kingdom for a match!

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  • like constructivism gone all rong

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  • zecks_marquise

    Seems like the north american idiots in charge of RCA are already having an effect

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  • Munter Roe

    Very masonic that image.

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  • bitter pill

    you miserable sods.
    it'll never get built anyway so who cares?

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  • zecks_marquise

    I'm miserable because every other profession gets a christmas bonus

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  • grapefruit

    let's see which get's built, 200m tall tower or a Brent message board?

    wouldn't these students be better occuppied on an unpaid internship at poundland? wouldn't you be happier there as well, zecks?

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  • The tower looks great, much better than the Orbit.

    I must be missing something with the tourist board. Does brent struggle for reclining space?

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