When long time collaborators RTKL we were approached to get involved in creating an iconic landmark in Kiev, Ukraine, the brief was straight forward, design a beacon to light a beacon for the city of Kiev. In response the big idea was simple and bold, four twisting towers that would pirouette into the sky forming the shape of the orthodox cross at is crest. A iconic symbol in the sky that would shine across the city!
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When long time collaborators RTKL we were approached to get involved in creating an iconic landmark on the black sea beach front in Batumi, Georgia, that would include a retail and leisure podium, with two individual residential and hotel towers. Inspired by aspect of the site and its direct relationship with the sea boulevard, the big idea was to slice the site diagonally across engaging pedestrian access and vistas between the seafront to the city.
When long time collaborators RTKL approached us to be involved in creating an iconic landmark in the heart of Manchester, that would include a retail and leisure podium, with a single stand out individual towers we couldn’t wait to hit the drawing board. The big idea was to engage the greenery of neighbouring public park and engage it with this ecologically inspired scheme, the idea of creating both a commercial development and a expanded green public space for the city.
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When long time collaborators Design International approached us to involved in creating an iconic landmark on the Tangiers beach front, that would include a retail and leisure podium, with six individual towers we didn’t need asking twice. With so many new developments springing up along the coast line it was important to come up some something unique! The project was presented to His Majesty King Mohammed VI King of Morocco in September 2008, and is currently in design development.
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Friend & collaborator Janine Powell of Hampton Design approached us to create a unique centre that captures the spirit of gloucestershire, a socially inclusive, environmentally conscious & commercially viable facility of significant benefit to the local community & beyond. The concept was to create cultural fields, forward thinking community facilities that are embedded into the gloucestershire landscape, which we nicknamed The Fields, peel back the grass… to find what’s underneath?
When long time collaborators RTKL asked us to combine forces for this short listed competition for a mixed use development on a piece of waste land in the heart of Bromley, South London. The big idea was to enclose the site from the two sides creating a public plaza in the centre of development, upon which both the commercial and residential units have an outlook.
The Scarf wall
When Birmingham City Football Club shortlisted us to look at a future vision for the historic football ground St Andrews Stadium it was both an honour and a privilege. The clubs vision is to redevelop the outdated Main Stand to provide the facilities required for a modern football stadium. The big idea was not just to replace the old stand with a shiny new one but to wrap the entire stadium in a wall of scarfs! so that architecturally it was unified.
Yorks Historic Guildhall + Riverside
Life is often bittersweet and although it’s sad to see our vision for York’s Historic Guildhall slip away, upon reflection the overwhelming emotion from this experience is one of pride. Proud to be shortlisted amongst so many for such a prestigious RIBA led international competition, to win the Architects Journal online vote from our peers, to be labeled an ‘emerging’ practice in the press coverage and to get the opportunity to present to such an established jury panel.
Back in 2004 we completed this 1.5M commercial conversion of an old warehouse in the heart of MEPC’s Milton Park business park in Abingdon into a health centre. The scheme included a new build reception and offices, gymnasium, swimming pool and sports hall.
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As Architects and Designers we were involved in this 11M commercial office Fitout of Faraday House, the brief to convert an old telephone exchange in the heart of the city opposite St Pauls Cathedral and transform it into the headquarters of Telecommunications giant BT Wholesale. The scheme included a new main entrance, four levels of open plan offices, executive suites, breakout spaces and a city view cafe on the top floor. The project was completed in 2004 and was nominated for BCO award.
Batelco Data Centre
As design consultants to multi-national company Landor, we were requested to assist in the design concept of a new data centre for Bahrain Telecommunications giant Batelco. Asked to distill the essence of the Batelco brand design in a simple yet unique building which met strict technical and security requirements we came up with the idea of the simple black box! A simple form clad in polycarbonate sculpted by the simple elegant angles of the national flag of Bahrain to form a distinct…
We were asked to help to create a unique building that embodied the British Government and its values, a task in itself! but when you through difficult graded site terrain, and strict security constraints into the mix then thats a challenge! As design consultants to multi-national company ‘RTKL’, we were requested to work independently to produce a concept feasibility study. The project won a shortlisted competition in 2007, RTKL are currently progressing and it is due for completition in…
The Power of Words
We were approached by expanding Print Production Company Horizon IMPZ to create a concept for a print production warehouse, showrooms and office building at the entrance to Dubai’s International Media and Production Zone. Inspired by the iconic Hollywood Sign as a landmark and the idea of bringing words to life, we created giant structural lettering that would support the entrance canopy and form landmark for visitors to the business park.
We were approached to develop this half built concrete shell located in the countryside on the outskirts of Abuja Nigeria’s capital city, and transform it into a luxury hotel. The big idea was to insert timber louvred boxes containing the hotel suites within the existing portal frame. Internally slick modernist design was balanced with timber and African fabrics.
After the successful completion of the Standalone Branches we were asked by our client Alinma to design their regional branch in Al Khobar KSA. The building is to include a 10 storeys of commercial office space & incorporate a retail branch at street level. It was designed to engage all levels of the building as well be utilised to naturally heat & cool the building. Externally the glass box is wrapped in a masheryba framework derived from the geometric patterns also established in the…