Renovation of existing 5 storey building situated on the corner of St Andrew Square, Edinburgh. The ambition is to develop the existing office space at levels 1-4 into a more contemporary environment with a design and fit-out. In addition to the office refurbishment, a new retail shell for a restaurant tenant is to be created at ground/mezzanine levels within the property this element forms part of a separate enabling works contract. The building is unoccupied apart from 'Tiles Bar' at ground floor level and a temporary lease at third floor level.
The original building was designed as a 4 storey office with attic space by Alfred Waterhouse in 1892, using a mix of polished / ashlar red sandstone with an octagonal 6-stage corner turret and 3 bay arcaded windows to South St Andrew Street. With the exception of Tiles Bar and the office space directly above fronting on to St Andrew Square, the interior of the space was largely demolished and rebuilt using steel frame / concrete floor construction in 1993. The building is B-listed.
St Andrew Square represents a key location in the city centre of Edinburgh. It is in close proximity to the major commercial thoroughfare of Princes Street and the city's main train and bus stations.
Chlorophyllous Urbanism: Mumbai
RIBA Silver Medal 2015/ High Commendation RSA: New Contemporaries 2016/ Chosen Participant RIAS Scottish Student Awards for Architecture 2015/ Chosen Nominee Dunbar-Nasmith Clousden Prize for Academic Excellence 2015/ Winner The Clason Harvie Bursary for Outstanding Work in Architecture 2015/ Winner
The thesis, titled Chlorophyllous Ubanism, posits an approach to urbanism and architecture which is more appropriate to the feculant characteristics of the Mumbai metropolis. It revisualises the city as being in a state of continuous redefinition and revaluation between that which can be described as ‘red’, the feculant ecologies of the environment, and that which is ‘green’, the economies of the colonial cotton industry. Wherever possible the proposal seeks to create opportunities where the communal and the shared can be promoted; to develop economies which facilitate the interaction between individuals; to make spaces which foster these situations; to inhabit territories which allow people the space to express and to live.
The thesis posits that architecture and territories should aim to provide a platform for the culture and society of now and the future. If Mumbai is increasingly being populated by gated communities, large-scale infrastructure and the systematic de-industrialisation of its already flagging industrial economies then what is proposed is a counter to these forms of territorialisation, architecture and economies. The thesis proposes a series of architectural interventions (Farm, Factory, School, Bank, Market, Laboratory and Embassy) which aim to promote and develop the existing vitality of the city while also reconnecting the citizens of Mumbai with the value of their immediate environments in an attempt to ensure its longevity.
Wiel Arets Architects were invited to partake in a competition to design a new SupremeCourt for the Netherlands along with five other architecture firms in July 2011.
The design, to be located in Den Haag, uses a restrained achitectural language and transparency in order to project a sense of timelessness suitable to it’s neutral role seperate from the country’s political realm. Two courtrooms form the core of the project, both composed of natural stone, and around which public space is arranged on the ground floor. These courtrooms are affixed with vertical voids in the form of pyramids. A third glass cone creates an internal skylight.
Foreseen to be mainly accessed by its monumental entrance, denoted by oversized perforated aluminium finned doors, the building is ‘directionless’ in its outward orientation. This is important as the building can be viewed from numerous routes and places, thus no facade is given undue prominance.
Transparent and translucent material qualities align with the precise programmatic requirements of both openness and seclusion. Appropriately, the vertical elements of the facade- when viewed from an angle- allow the public to perceive the building’s rigid materiality, while when viewed directly the facade allows for continous transparent views, varying on daylighting conditions.
Youth Psychiatric Clinic
Birchmeier Uhlmann Architekten
KJPK Basel Headquarters Design Competition 2012/ First Prize
A competition, arranged by Basel State Council, looks to create a new psychiatric clinic for children and adolescents on the campus of the Universitat Psychiatrie Klinik Basel (UPK), based in the North of the city. The building will bring together 7 clinics spread around the city into one place and be supplemented with an additional school building.
The requirements of the brief for the Neubau Kinder und Jugendpsychiatrie Klinik (KJPK) were: to create a psychiatric clinic which did not appear as a typical ‘clinic’ or ‘hospital’ facility; the realisation of spaces for recreational activities, retreat and meditation; to maintain the link with the UPK while also emphasizing the independence of the KJPK.
A simple and clear organisation of space characterises the layout of the design. Three L-shaped residential areas are arranged around two internal courtyard spaces. The day hospital and department for children are located on the ground floor with the department for adolescents above.
The main entrance and all of the public building facilities are located in the North West corner of the building. Architecturally the low rectilinear structure of the KJPK building is understoof as part of the sequence of large scale function- specific buildings located to the North of the UPK campus.
European Skyscraper II
IAAD Unit- Weimar 2011/ Winner
The project, undertaken in the Bauhaus- Universität Weimar’s IAAD programme, looks to tackle the concept of creating a high-rise building within a European context. The design draws inspiration from Hans Kolhoff’s 1993 masterplan for Alexanderplatz in Berlin and looks to accommodate a school and a library within a ‘European Skyscraper’.
A solid rectilinear block reasserts the public domain, its prominent entrances drawing in a public which was once lost to the space. It is this continuation of the landscape of Alexanderplatz into the building which forms the main concept of the design. While this landscape works its way up to the tower, a sub-landscape is created below. While library users read, browse and gather in the library spaces above; children explore the cavernous surroundings of the school landscape below. These blocks free up the main body of the school for group functions and events while also performing an important function in maintaining the link between library and school. The blocks puncture through the library landscape creating views from the classrooms down onto the large library learning spaces below.
A connection between pupil and public, between different methods of learning and between two differing architectural spaces. This language of blocks within a landscape is continued up into the tower which houses the library. The blocks in this scenario house the books, with the free landscape wrapping around these.
The proposal is for a multi-use urban housing scheme in the East end of Glasgow which sits within a strategic masterplan and responds to place. The scheme required housing for 40-60 individuals. The design and masterplanning of the site aims to provide good- quality affordable housing while also being a force for rejuvenation in an area which suffers from some of the highest rates of poverty in Scotland.
The scheme looks to provide housing/work/support for those affected by homelessness. Furthermore it aims to create a working self-sustainable community using allotments, markets and independent retail units, with the long term goal being to enhance the East end through a considered approach to living, working, life and education. The main driver of the project is concerned with the deprivation found within the area. The East End of Glasgow has the highest rates of poverty and homelessness in the city, and these rates are increasing due to the current financial climate, with more people losing their jobs and homes due to financial problems.
The aim of the development is to provide a gateway project to re-house and re-train people, this wil be achieved by: the construction of good quality affordable housing units; the construction of new facilities (e.g library, farm, retail); the concept of a self sustainable community; the growth of cottage industry; the emphasis on basic skills. These interventions, within an area which severely needs a boost, are an attempt to pull Dennistoun, and the East end of Glasgow, out of the endemic poverty and deprivation which is to be found there.