According to reports on the UK press, a billionaire Chinese developer is preparing to submit a proposal to build a replica of the Victorian Crystal Palace that was originally created to house the Great Exhibition of 1851.
ZhongRong Holdings intends to build a copy of the 900,000 ft² (approx. 92,000 m2) cast-iron and plate-glass building in London’s Crystal Palace park.
The original building was designed by Sir Joseph Paxton and was originally built in Hyde Park to host the Great Exhibition of 1851.
After the exhibition, the Crystal Palace was transferred to Penge Common next to Sydenham Hill, where it stood from 1854 until its destruction by fire in 1936.