It's London so you've never seen it before.
That is, unless you have X-ray vision.
These fascinating illustrations adorn the exterior of some of & # 39; the most instantly recognizable buildings of & # 39; a capital back to reveal a fascinating cross section of the interior.
The featured buildings include the Elizabeth Tower, which contains Big Ben and a little-known prison, and King & # 39; s Cross St. Pancras Underground Station, which contains layers of Tube tracks. The illustrations also reveal the maze of hiking trails and stairs that form the London Barbican Center – home of the London Symphony Orchestra – and the suite with lush rooms hidden in 10 Downing Street.
Researchers, including architect Laurentiu Stanciu, studied sequential images and floor plans to create an accurate representation of the inside of each landmark.
Scroll down to take a step into some of London's most famous buildings …
The Barbican Center
The Barbican Center is a center for performing arts in the Barbican Estate of the City of London and the largest of its kind in Europe. The building had a long development period, with construction beginning in 1971 and not completed until 1981. The Barbican opened in 1982 after the surrounding Barbican Estate housing complex was built. It is the home of the world famous London Symphony Orchestra
Some ingenuity was needed to fit the arts center into the restricted site. The & # 39; e Barbican website explains: & # 39; The architects and engineers made an ingenious solution – to dig the site 20 meters below ground level and place the majority of the center below the elevated walking paths or "stage level". The architects compared the arts center with "the hull of a large ship, which contained much underwater". & # 39; Inside visitors experience a kind of puzzle, with levels leveled at multiple heights through semi-exposed hiking trails and stairs
Although often referred to as Big Ben, this famous London landmark is actually called the Elizabeth Tower. Big Ben is the 15 ton clock that sits in the clock tower. Construction began on the tower in 1844 and it was designed by Charles Barry and Augustus Pugin. It opened on May 31, 1859. In addition to the clock, the tower has a prison room specifically intended for politicians from the Houses of Parliament next door. The last involuntary guest was MP Charles Bradlaugh in 1880
Other features on the eleven floors of the tower include a minimum room, a storage room, and 334 steps (plus another 59 to the Ayrton Light, which comes up when Parliament is in session)
The O2 Arena
Formerly known as the Millennium Dome, the O2 Arena is the largest supported dome of the planet and is now a multi-purpose indoor arena located on the Greenwich Peninsula in south-east London. Originally designed for a year-long Festival of Britain-style series of exhibits and experiences, the structure was re-purposed into an arena from 2003 to 2007. It has the one to the highest seating capacity of any indoor venue in the UK. , and took the crown of & # 39; s busiest music arena of & # 39; the world from New York's Madison Square Garden in 2008
The super-thin fiberglass fabric of "O2" is fastened to cables by more than 20,000 clamps and the 100-meter masts that hold it up are what disqualify the structure from being an architectural dome
King & # 39; s Cross St Pancras Underground Station
Pair hubs are as busy and as expansive as King & # 39; s Cross St Pancras, a London underground station on Euston Road in & # 39; the Borough of Camden. Construction of the station began in 1851 and the station was one of the first to open on the network in 1863. As of 2017, it is the most widely used station on the network for passenger entrances and exits. combined
When the original station opened, its twin 800ft trains were praised for their simplicity. But high demand has required major revisions in recent decades. The new steel and glass Western Concourse was part of a redevelopment of £ 500million for the 2012 Olympics
Royal Opera House
The Royal Opera House is a main venue for performances in Covent Garden, Central London. The facade, foyer and auditorium date from 1858, but almost all other elements of the current complex stem from a comprehensive reconstruction that cost £ 178million in the 1990s
During the renovation in the & # 39; 90s, the Floral Hall, on the left, was an iron and glass structure designed by E.M. Barry as both a flower brand and ballroom, transformed from their distinctive fading glory into a new social space with bars and restaurants
10 Downing Street
The & # 39; headquarters of & # 39; government The UK and the official residence of the Prime Minister, # 10, actually consists of three separate 17th-century buildings, which have since been linked. This cut-out shows a suite of drawing rooms on & # 39; first floor, with offices and the meeting room / space of & # 39; e PM below. All in all, the building contains about 100 rooms – hardly the modest terrace house that appears from the front
The unassuming facade of Downing Street. The buildings that make up the street were built over two years from 1682 to 1684. One of the biographies of the building wrote: & # 39; The scene of hundreds of years of top-level decision-making, it is also the product of hundreds of years of incremental adjustments, repairs and restorations … much about No.10 is the product of historical opportunity instead of design & # 39;
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