Beauty or beast: New Liverpool Pier Head Ferry Terminal
Liverpool’s new £9.5 million ferry terminal by Belfast-based Hamilton Architects sits in a UNESCO world heritage site opposite the city’s Three Graces
The three-storey waterfront building - which houses a ferry terminal on the ground floor, a Beatles’ museum on the second and a restaurant on the roof - has divided opinion.
According to the practice, which won the project in an international competition in 2006, the building is ‘dramatic’ and striking while commentators on the flickr.com photographic website have described it as ‘quirky’, a ‘cool building to photograph’ and full of ‘amazing peculiar angles’.
A ‘shocked’ Kim Herforth Nielsen of Danish practice 3XN, the concept designer behind the nearby Museum of Liverpool, said: ‘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?’
So who’s right?