Student architects propose 'The Splinter,' a 200m-tall timber tower next to UK's Wembley Stadium, say design is inspired by 47-story unfinished tower demolished in 1907 due to safety fears

Wendy Lisney

Wendy Lisney

Jan 3, 2013 – Industry Intelligence Inc.

LOS ANGELES , January 3, 2013 () – Students from the U.K.'s  Royal College of Art's School of Architecture have submitted a design to Brent Council in north London for a 200m tall timber tower that would be built on a site next to Wembley Stadium, according to a report by Building Design.

The tower, called the Splinter, is being proposed via a 'meanwhile' temporary building competition, which features the work of 12 groups of students.

The Splinter's designers say their idea was inspired by an unfinished 47-story tower known as the Watkin’s tower, which was closed because of safety fears and demolished in 1907. That design was also submitted to an architecture competition 17 years before the demolition.

A Brent Council official confirmed that work was under way with students on designs for a temporary wooden building, and said the winning design was expected to be built in 2013 subject to successful planning consultations.

The primary source of this article is Building Design, UK, on Dec. 11, 2012.

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