February 16, 2016
The opulence, splendour and grandeur of Cunard Line’s former office buildings in Britain and North America are to become an integral part of our flagship Queen Mary 2 during her major 2016 refit. Cunard Buildings in Liverpool, Southampton and New York each feature in a specially-commissioned set of images to be displayed in the ship’s suites and staterooms when she re-enters service following her three-week refit next June.
Renowned UK architectural photographer Paul Ward accepted the Cunard commission and has spent almost a month researching, visiting and photographing the buildings. He started work in December at the Cunard Building in Liverpool, this year celebrating the centenary of its opening as the line’s headquarters in 1916. It remained the global focal point of Cunard operations until 1967 and in 2004 became part of the City of Liverpool’s acclaimed UNESCO World Heritage Site at Pier Head overlooking the River Mersey.
Paul’s New Year started in Manhattan where he spent time studying and photographing the Cunard Building at 25 Broadway. It too is highly noted for its architectural significance, with the entrance lobby and first-floor ticketing office designated a New York City Landmark in 1995.
The last of the former offices photographed in the current commission is the Grade II listed South Western House in our home city of Southampton.
Follow his journey across these three videos as he discovers the stunning architecture of each building.