Other Architecture, Liverpool
Favorite thing: Alfred Waterhouse designed the Great North Western Hotel in a gothic revival style that reminds me of some of the great Canadian railway hotels. He is perhaps best known for being the architect of the exuberant Natural History Museum in South Kensington. (Incidentally, his brothers helped to found the Price Waterhouse accountancy firm.) It stands proudly next to Lime Street Station in central Liverpool.
Liverpool's latest attraction - a radically modern new structure for the new millennium and the new Liverpool. The new city of Liverpool history museum will open in 2010. The building is designed by the Danish firm of 3XN - originally made up of three Nielsens. They also designed the new Deutsche Bahn HQ in Berlin and the Musiekgebouw in Amsterdam.
Favorite thing: A controversial addition to Liverpool's waterfront! Located on Pier Head, Liverpool - immediately across the fine neo-classical trio of buildings (known locally as the Three Graces) and near the new 3XN-designed Museum of Liverpool. Designed by Belfast-based Hamilton architects. Kim Nielsen of 3XN is not a fan: "I cannot find the words to describe my disappointment that any architect could do such a amateurish look-alike next to our building. And how could they get the planning permission, when I know how much effort it took to get the museum design through the planning process, on this very sensitive UNESCO heritage site."
The former offices of the White Star Line (later amalgameated with Cunard), stands on the corner of James Street and The Strand. The balcony where the names of those lost in the sinking of the Titanic, stands to this day, as does the balcony higher on the front of the building where the directors of the Line had to move to continue the roll call, after the public's anger rose.
This building, strikingly different from the Three Graces, is designed in brick and Portland stone bands in the same style as Shaw's New Scotland Yard building in Westminster.
Favorite thing: The County Sessions House was opened in 1884, designed by F. & G. Holme. Currently it houses the offices for National Museums Liverpool. It's immediately adjacent to the Walker Art Gallery.