Studio Weave has completed its replacement for the ditched ‘giant goalposts’ in Aldgate
The 11m-high, ‘Paleys upon Pilers’, built from 17m3 of larch, sits on the site previously allocated for Donis’s 60m-high structure, which won the Architecture Foundation’s New Aldgate contest in 2010.
The project was commissioned by the Worshipful Company of Chartered Architects and marks the spot where Geoffrey Chaucer lived from 1374 to 1386.
According to the architect, the timber scheme was inspired by Chaucer’s ‘The House of Fame’ and ‘The Parliament of Fowls’ poems.
Peter Murray, founder director of the London Festival of Architecture and court assistant to the Worshipful Company of Chartered Architects said: ‘This is a delightfully evocative design that brings a contemporary clarity to the eastern fringe of the Square Mile.
‘The old Aldgate was designed to keep people out; Studio Weave’s design welcomes visitors from around the world who will be visiting London this summer.’