The Skylon in construction
Photograph, Henry Grant, 1951
A slender and elegant structure,
300 feet high, in steel and aluminium, internally illuminated at night
and appearing to have ‘no visible means of support’, the Skylon amazed
most who saw it. The competition to design a ‘vertical feature’ for
the South Bank attracted nearly 200 entries and was won by architects
Powell & Moya. Their design was realised by engineer Felix Samuely.
Even before the Festival opened, the construction of the South Bank
site attracted media and public interest.
Last modified: Wednesday, 2 May, 2001