By adopting the shape of a cross for his design, Maurice Shapero's proposal for a new skyscraper in Liverpool, UK, is sure to raise eyebrows. Far from being a religious statement, however, the architect claims the form has been arrived at with a "rational inevitability."

"The obvious question… this is the symbol which references one of the ultimate places in human spirituality," Shapero writes in the project blurb. "Should I be restricted from using it when it has come from my own investigation, imagination, conclusion? Equally obvious is my answer, to me hierarchy and ownership are as illusory as everything else in this world."

In fact, Shapero describes the intersection has his "favorite geometry," in this case forming a cantilevered restaurant in what would otherwise be a residential tower block.

Architect Maurice Shapero's proposal for King Edward Tower is actually the latest in a succession of ideas to be floated for a high-rise of that name to be built, possibly, in the city of Liverpool, UK. Curiously, prior proposals for the tower, which is named after an old pub that used to exist on the site, were directly inspired by the spires of the city's cathedrals.

Funding for the tower is yet to be finalized, and as such a planning submission is yet to be made.

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