THIS is the first picture of the stunning sight which could greet visitors to Liverpool's historic waterfront.
Plans to build three black granite buildings at Mann Island met with a mixed reaction when the ECHO revealed them earlier this year.
But developers hope the tweaked scheme will win public approval. And they are so confident about it they have now applied for official planning permission.
The £120m scheme could win approval in a matter of weeks, allowing work to start.
If approved, the flats and offices would flank the planned X-shaped Museum of Liverpool Life, next to the Three Graces.
More than 900 jobs would be created at the complex, with 1.25m visitors a year expected.
Some ECHO readers praised the eye-catching design, others said Mann Island should stay untouched following the embarrassing failure of Will Alsop's The Cloud.
But the scheme has now been redesigned by architects.
Changes include moving two of the new blocks three metres east to reveal more of the Cunard, Port of Liverpool and Liver buildings.
More trees will be planted, the public given access to a roof terrace with views over Canning Dock and the Pier Head canal basin blended in with the surrounding area.
Heritage experts have already backed the project, drawn up by Neptune Developments and Countryside Properties.
If the scheme goes ahead, two triangular apartment blocks with almost 380 flats will be built in an L-shape, forming a sheltered enclosure away from the windswept Pier Head.
The third building will contain offices, exhibition space and a cafe.
Shops, bars and restaurants will open up on the ground floor of all three structures. source