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New square unveiled in the City
Glass pavilion in Monument Square
The pavilion has more than 100 angled pieces of glass on its roof
A new public square and glass pavilion has been unveiled in the City of London on Wednesday.

Monument Square, created as a result of part of Monument Street becoming pedestrianised, appears next to the 336-year-old landmark the Monument.

The pavilion has more than 100 pieces of angled mirrored glass on the roof which will be able to be viewed by visitors who climb the Monument.

The Monument was first built to commemorate the Great Fire of London.

'Modern dimension'

The pavilion has been designed by bere:architects.

The area around it has been landscaped to create the square and an oak-decked garden will be placed over the derelict basement of the former Canoe House, to create an outdoor space with seating for City residents, workers and visitors.

Justin Bere, of bere:architects, said: "We are delighted that the City of London has been adventurous enough in its commissioning to give us the freedom to design this unusual pavilion.

"It appears to be casually placed in Monument Square but on closer examination has a precise sculptural relationship to the Monument.

"We hope it adds another, modern dimension to the experience of visiting this great landmark."

A commemorative flagstone was also be laid to Robert Hooke, who invented and designed the Monument along with Sir Christopher Wren, but is often overlooked.

The Monument stands at 202ft (61.5m) high.




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