Thierry Henry gets over Arsenal with… an enormous fish tank
Thierry Henry waved goodbye to Arsenal again last week. What better way to signal the fresh start than by knocking down his North London mansion to make way for a giant 40ft fish tank?
The New York Red Bulls man wants to knockdown his £5.9million pad and rebuild it around the huge aquarium while he’s in the States.
Henry is seeking planning permission to have the 5,500 gallon tank running through all four floors of his home.
His existing modernist property was only completed in 1999. Henry’s plans to demolish it have attracted criticism from the architect who designed it.
Sir Richard MacCormac said: “It surprises me that someone who can afford to build a new house and who claims to be serious about architecture should not simply build another one elsewhere.
“I think my original design is well regarded locally and I think a lot of people are going to be upset. The existing house has a very deliberate low-key design to ensure that it would not look out of place in the conservation area.”
If his plans get the go-ahead, Henry would face a £12,000-a-year bill for heating, cleaning and lighting, and have to fork out £2,500-a-year on fish food. Small change to him, of course.