Located near the Barclays Center and Atlantic Terminal, The Pioneer Building is well along in a redevelopment to enhance its barrel-vaulted
terra cotta ceilings, brick walls and limestone facade.
One of the most striking features is the Holts Arcade, a stunning barrel-vaulted
retail arcade running the length of the building.
The estate's master suite is complete with a wood burning fireplace, an elevated four-poster canopy bed, two walk-in closets, a private exercise room and a bathroom with barrel-vaulted
ceilings, a free-standing Jacuzzi tub, an oversized shower, and his and hers vanity sinks.
The scheme will involve the transformation of the 36,500 sq ft site, which encompasses the iconic 19th century Queen Street facade of the Guildhall, the 13th century St Pancras Church and the impressive barrel-vaulted
Queen Street Ambulatory.
They include fine, barrel-vaulted
rooms, a cloakroom and kitchenette.
However, a hole in the decorated wall and signs of forced entry outside the huge barrel-vaulted
structure indicate the tomb was plundered long ago.
The arcade is known for its glass barrel-vaulted
roof and stunning tile work, as well as being home to fine shops.
Guide Lui Xun said that despite being in one of the most polluted cities of China, the sun shines through the glass barrel-vaulted
roof in a remarkably blue sky as the developers have borrowed a Japanese technique in which an artificial sun shines 24 hours a day and allows for a comfortable temperature.
The new design sees the insertion of 13 studio pods into the dramatic, barrel-vaulted
The main sanctuary is magnificent and airy, with barrel-vaulted
ceiling reaching 50-ft high and a large dome over the altar peaking at 105 ft.
Inside, my lips formed into a wow at the vision of a barrel-vaulted
church almost completely covered in frescoes.
The excavation fully revealed the initial phase of the church, that is, a 7th century three-aisled transitional barrel-vaulted
basilica, a room to the west and a row of adjacent rooms to the south which probably indicate the presence of a monastic complex, the limits of which have not been fully revealed.