Raised-garden arch design wins competition to celebrate Queen's reign

A triumphal arch complete with raised garden designed by Chris Dyson Architects has won an ideas competition to celebrate the reign of Queen Elizabeth.

The winning triumphal arch design. Image: Chris Dyson Architects
The winning triumphal arch design. Image: Chris Dyson Architects

The competition, organised by the Worshipful Company of Chartered Architects, celebrates the Queen’s service as Britain's longest reigning monarch. On 9 September 2015 she willovertake Queen Victoria who reigned for a total of 63 years, seven months and two days.

A raised peace garden and viewing platform form the roof deck of the arch, while engraved inscriptions on the floor beneath celebrate the important events in the Queen's life and reign.

The runner up was Leon Fenster with a design formed of 173 interlocking canopies, one for each of the Queen's commonwealth visits since 1952. 

A framed drawing of the winning design will be presented toThe Queen by Geoffrey Purves the Master of the Architects’ Company in September. The winner and runners up will be recognised at a Livery Banquet held at Drapers Hall on 17 June.


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