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Land Securities Office and Marketing Space Design by ESA Architects, in Leeds, United Kingdom

July 29, 2009 By: archinhome Category: Architecture, Interior Design

This Land Securities Office and Marketing Space is designed by ESA Architects, located in Leeds, United Kingdom.
The 8,500 sq ft floor plate features a “living wall”, which snakes its way from end to end subtly changing colour as it goes. The wall divides ‘public’ from working spaces, manifesting itself in various forms in its journey from end to end of the space. It starts at reception, coloured orange and on its way encloses meeting rooms, work stations, a library and kitchens. It culminates in the marketing suite in the form of a backdrop/servery, by which time it has become a deep red. Full height glazing overlooking the Trinity Quarter allows Land Securities to reveal the development site to visitors at exactly the right moment in the presentation.

Land Securities Office and Marketing Space Design by ESA Architects in Leeds United Kingdom 2 Land Securities Office and Marketing Space Design by ESA Architects, in Leeds, United Kingdom

Bamboo flooring has been used, delivering a low-cost, hardwearing alternative to hardwood.

Commenting on the project, creative director of ESA Nic Sampson said: “The living wall is an organizing device which threads its way through the office, functioning as a dual working and marketing space. It establishes a strong theme that Land Securities staff and visitors can identify with. They have immediately taken the new space to their hearts and pride in their environment is evident in the way in which they are tending it and the way they show off their facilities to visitors.”

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Riva Hotel Design by Foster and Partners, in London, United Kingdom

July 29, 2009 By: archinhome Category: Architecture

This Riva Hotel is designed by Foster and Partners, located in London, United Kingdom.
The hotel, developed by Riva Properties is characterised by a distinctive layered glass shell, which floods the public spaces with daylight. Articulated as a 13-storey structure, several levels are sunk into the ground, keeping the building’s profile low in response to the immediate surroundings.

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The rooms are contained within six pavilions, linked by bridges and wrapped in a unifying glass envelope, which acts as a barrier to aircraft noise. The entrance lobby has a floating glass deck with views down to the sunken restaurant level, shallow pool and waterfall. This restaurant floor is accessed via a timber walkway and incorporates a business centre, as well as a variety of venues to eat and drink. The double-height conference facilities, which have their own reception to allow separate access from street-level, encircle a top-lit atrium that brings natural light deep into the building and down to the lower levels.

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Carrasco International Airport Design by Rafael Viñoly Architects, in Montevideo, Uruguay

July 29, 2009 By: archinhome Category: Architecture

Carrasco International Airport is designed by Rafael Viñoly Architects, located in Montevideo, Uruguay.
The new terminal at Carrasco International Airport, which serves Uruguay’s capital city of Montevideo, is the firm’s first airport project and the second of Rafael Viñoly’s two buildings currently rising in his home country. Created to expand capacity and spur commercial growth and tourism in the surrounding region, the terminal is scheduled for completion in early 2009.
The design of the building emphasizes its public zones and amenities, providing these areas with an abundance of open space and natural light. Arriving travellers, for example, pass through a fully glazed mezzanine level that helps orient them to the terminal space before they descend to the baggage claim and other services. A public, landscaped terrace and a restaurant occupy the second floor, providing sweeping views of the runway and the main concourse.
Independent access roads service departures on the first floor and arrivals on the ground level. An open atrium adjacent to the street entrance opens the ground floor to the monumental space of the main hall, visually and spatially linking the beginning and ending stages of a traveller’s journey.
Key features include a curved roof which maintains a low profile on the landscape, a strategic use of daylighting and views that guide travellers through arrival/departure sequence and a design that highlights public spaces for both travellers and non-travelling friends and family.

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“In Uruguay, friends and family still come to greet you at the airport or see you off,” says Rafael Viñoly, ”so this terminal provides great spaces for the people who aren’t travelling as well as those who are. The atrium, the main hall, the terrace, and the passenger concourse make this a dramatic and welcoming place for everyone.”

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Former Birdseve HQ refurbished by ESA Architects, in Surrey, United Kingdom

July 29, 2009 By: archinhome Category: Architecture

Former Birdseve HQ refurbished is designed by ESA Architects, located in Surrey, United Kingdom.
As well as replacing the external cladding and refurbishing the existing 17,000sq m building ESA has got consent to replace the original 1963 annex with a brand new 10,000M2 three-storey modern addition, forming a new public court in the space between the two buildings. The consented proposals have received the backing of English Heritage, the organisation protecting listed buildings in England.

Former Birdseve HQ refurbished by ESA Architects in Surrey United Kingdom 1 Former Birdseve HQ refurbished by ESA Architects, in Surrey, United Kingdom

The original building harbors tales of penguins and crocodiles roaming the two existing courts in the days when Birdseye inhabited the offices! The external landscaping, including the original John McCarthy bronze bird sculptures, will also be refurbished along with the re-organisation of the surrounding carparks and formal road-side lawns to complete the setting of what will be a powerful ensemble of twentieth and twenty-first century office architecture.

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ESA Architects, with offices in London, Hull and Poland, has gained planning consent for the iconic 1960’s former Birdseye HQ in Walton-on-Thames, Surrey. The existing modern ‘campus’ building is listed Grade ll and was bought by ESA’s client, Green Property, in 2006. The original aluminium-clad building, designed by Sir John Burnet Tait, is very much of its time and a classic example of a purpose-built out of town post war office headquarters.

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Stryker New Medical Technology Facility Design by ESA Architects, in Newbury, Berkshire, United Kingdom

July 29, 2009 By: archinhome Category: Architecture

This Stryker New Medical Technology Facility is designed by ESA Architects, located in Newbury, Berkshire, United Kingdom.
Although the building has been designed for the specific needs of the client, requiring some deep-plan assembly areas, an important aspect of the original brief was to ensure that the base-building could revert back to a regular ‘institutional’ office building that conformed to typical BCO codes of practice.

Stryker New Medical Technology Facility Design by ESA Architects in Newbury Berkshire United Kingdom 1 Stryker New Medical Technology Facility Design by ESA Architects, in Newbury, Berkshire, United Kingdom

Externally the proposed building uses a palette of three materials; glass, bronzed metal cladding and cellular translucent polycarbonate panels to the assembly areas.

The consultant team included Cushman Wakefield (Project management), Meinhardt (M+E and Structures), Stuart Pearson (Landscape), Peter Bretts (Highways), WT Partnership (QS) and Barton Wilmore as Planning Consultants.

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