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BUILDING PROJECTS


HERBERT CRESCENT LIFT KNIGHTSBRIDGE, LONDON


A great glass elevator


An eight-storey glass lift in an opulent Knightsbridge residence has taken glass engineering and construction to ambitious new heights. Steve Menary investigates


harlie and the Great Glass Elevator is a renowned novel and the centre- piece of Roald Dahl’s fiction which has been brought to life in a new six-storey mansion in Knightsbridge, central London. A glass lift is at the heart of the project extending eight storeys from the basement to a roof terrace that has created what’s thought to be a world-first in a residential property. “We think that this project took glass engineering and construction to new heights, literally and figuratively, and it is likely to be the tallest self-supporting annealed glass structure in the world,” says Gennady Vasilchenko-Malishev from engineering consultants Malishev Engineers. According to the Bath-based consultant, the first stacked load-bearing glass walls began to emerge in the 1990s, such as the Glass Cube Reading Room at the Arab Urban Development Institute in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, which was designed by Dewhurst Macfarlane & Partners. Malishev took on and developed the principle of vertically stacked load-bearing glass further at the Boltons Place residential development in London, which was completed in 2006 and included a 20-metre high structure.


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For the Knightsbridge project, these principles would be extended even further. “From the early design meetings the architects wanted a ‘wow’ effect from this central feature in the house which would


For all of the design and construction team, producing such a ground- breaking scheme was to prove a challenging task


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