The buildings have been chosen to represent their chess piece both in terms of their scale and their historic and architectural significance to London.
The project follows in the footsteps of Pentagram partner Daniel Weil’s redesign of the chess set, which was also inspired by classic architecture.
The pieces are hand cast, then reproduced with 3D printing.
Among the buildings that have found their way onto the chessboard are the Gherkin, which represents the bishop thanks to its tall, imposing form; and the London Eye, acting as the Knight to reference the objects’ shared omniscient capabilities.
A ubiquitous London terraced house plays the role of the pawn.
‘Skyline Chess was conceived as a way of creating beautiful, carefully crafted objects, which embody both our passion for architecture and the game of chess’, say the designers.
‘We believe that as individual objects they are beautiful and when arranged across the board represent something unique. What better way to topple the might of the King than with a humble pawn, or in this case Canary Wharf being placed in check by a terraced house’.
Having created the London skyline, Flood and Prosser now say they have ‘visions of world domination’.
They hope that in future, players will be able to pit one city against the other, and are looking to create other city skylines including New York, Paris and Rome.
To support the project and find out more visit http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1291653896/skyline-chess-bringing-the-city-to-your-chess-boar/