Pier Head Ferry Terminal - Liverpool, UK

Hamilton Architects of Belfast
Date Built
Pier Head, Liverpool
Located within the World Heritage Site along Liverpool's waterfront and across from the so-called "Three Graces", this building has had its share of controversy.  It is the terminal building for the Mersey ferries and includes a Beatles museum as well as a rooftop restaurant.  An article in the Architect's Journal of July 3, 2009, said that the practice that designed the building regarded it as "dramatic and striking".  However, the articles quotes the architect of the nearby Museum of Liverpool, Kim Nielson, as saying that "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?"

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