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  • The design and construction of Skylon preceded the opening of the Festival of Britain in 1951. It was designed byHidalgo Moya,Philip PowellandFelix Samuely, and fabricated byPainter BrothersofHereford,England, before being constructed on London'sSouth BankbetweenWestminster BridgeandHungerford Bridge. The architects' design consisted of a steel cigar shape which appeared to float above the ground, due to thin cables. The design was made structurally feasible by the engineer Felix Samuely who, at the time, was a lecturer at the Architectural Association School of Architecture in Bedford Square, Bloomsbury.

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