London Festival of Architecture 2018

St Paul's Gateway


The new gateway installation designed by ScottWhitbyStudio and Arup forming a new landmark outside St Paul's Underground station in the City of London is one of this year's LFA focus areas.

The structure offers a series of reflections of the City and St Paul’s cathedral, and also animates an anonymous traffic island (once an opening within the historic cathedral walls) to offer something more prosaic. It's a focal point, and a moment to look up and view a piece of the city through a different lens.

St Pauls Gateway is made out of 250 mirrored aluminium poles suspended vertically from a series of lightweight steel cables held from a robust steel portal frame. The cables hold the mirrored poles and also a circular oculus frames the dome of St Pauls Cathedral and the sky above. Within this vertical forest of mirrored poles there are a number of coloured poles that form a series of colourful halos.


This extraordinary project was made possible through sponsorship from the Cheapside Business Alliance, and generous sponsorship in kind from The William Hare Group, Keltbray Group, and Windsor Workshop.