The Smithsons offered radical and thoughtful solutions to the problems of post-war Britain and their unbuilt design for a new Coventry Cathedral shows that alongside the surviving medieval spire would have been a white triangular canopy and underneath was the main floor elevated above the ground. Access was via walkways, one of which would have gone straight through the spire.
Coventry and Rotterdam were thriving industrial cities heavily bombed during World War II. Their flattened city centres offered opportunities for creating new buildings and urban forms after the war. Whilst Rotterdam chose to reconstruct its cathedral, Coventry decided to have a new cathedral building.