Glass dome vision for Palace

A new arts venue rising above the trees in Crystal Palace Park, south London, has been mooted by architects Wilkinson Eyre. The 150 metre long design is part of proposals for a sculpture park on the site of the original palace, which burned down in 1936. A moving stairway, claimed to be the longest in the world, would lift visitors high above the park into a 4,500sq metre exhibition space. A second storey would have restaurants and bars. Respecting the heritage of Joseph Paxton's original palace of glass, the new solar-powered "floating glass" dome would be visible across the capital by day and night.

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