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Capita Symonds, Gatwick North Terminal Extension

February 22, 2012

As the Olympics draw closer, Britain moves one step nearer to delivering participants and spectators there on time. Capita Symonds have recently completed the complex extension of Gatwick’s North Terminal, the busiest single runway airport in the world. The upgrade involves a new state of the art passenger and transport interchange, Departures and Arrivals concourse extension and new multi storey car park. The extension costing £150+m, will increase the passenger capacity by 10 million.

Hundven-Clements Photography have been onsite to document this monumental structure in the depths of winter. The weather was not our side during the day so the interior was where we begun, later on in the day we were blessed with 20 mins of colour as the sun set. With a multi layered approach to design by Capita, a swift transition between shuttle transport and the departure halls has been created. The dramatic roof generates a pleasant feeling of openness allowing natural light to illuminate the platforms during the daytime.

Photographing operational public structures on this scale comes with an array of logistical and photographic challenges. The first being access, understandably Gatwick has high security regulations in place, so an interview to obtain a permit to photograph was essential. Once onsite we found the general public to be surprisingly accommodating with appearing in photos, I guess the prospect of two weeks in Mauritus away from a British winter helped! Let us know what you think of the new development.

 

 

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Tjuvholmen Developments, Oslo

January 18, 2012

On a cold winter’s evening after a day of photographing landscape architecture projects I was exploring the new developments on the south side of Aker Brygge at Tjuvholmen. A new hotel and gallery complex is dramatically forming. With only the surrounding ambient light and a few stray floodlights from the docks behind, some interesting results were achieved.

Oseana Gallery and Cultural Centre

January 4, 2012

Councils across europe have finally begun to show more confidence in the growth potential of investing in architecturally brave cultural centers. This probably stems from the success of the Guggenheim in Bilbao and New York. Here is a humbler example from the West coast of Norway in Os. Designed by Grieg Arkitekter AS a fun and exciting building has been produced. The project houses a new gallery, concert hall and restaurant. Looking out on to the wild fjord it is the perfect location to enjoy cultural activities.

The interior design and branding was completed by the local design firm Fuggibaggi Design AS

Eger Shopping Centre, Karl Johan Gate, Oslo

November 1, 2011

This is Norways most prestigious high end retail shopping centre. Based in the centre of Oslo between the central station and the palace on Karl Johan’s Street it sits in a prime location. The renovation and joining of multiple adjacent buildings was Link Arkitekter’s largest challenge. The complex interior space is set across three floors, cleaverly connected by a collection of ramps, walkways and stairs.

En Til En Arkitekter AS, Biskopshavn, Bergen

June 28, 2011

As a small company focussing on a one to one relationship with all their clients, En Til En specialises in delivering dramatic and sensetive solutions. Utilising traditional Nordic craftmanship in combination with modern technology and techniques results in some fascinating designs.

The new residential development at Biskopshavn on the coast heading north out of Bergen, is a great example of their bold design, contrasting with the stunning surrounding landscape. I feel their utilisation of a curved element on the exterior facade adds a femine aesthetic, producing a more approachable structure.




Nordahl Grieg Videregående Skole, Bergen, Norway

December 20, 2010

This is the latest college addition to Bergen community on the West coast of Norway. The college is designed by Link Arkitektur AS, they are among the leading architect offices in Scandinavia. The offices have a staff of approximately 240 professionals.

The building exhibits a range of fascinating design elements that combine to deliver a stimulating environment for the teenagers to develop in. The exterior is a combination of pre treated lead and glass facades. As you progress into the central atrium you are immediately made aware of the scale of the building. Split over three floors the clever intergration of passage ways and classroom layouts leads to a very open feel.

The classroom walls are made of clear and tinted glass, which looks fantastic, how the teachers control the visual exchange between students in different classrooms, I’m unsure. I know this would certainly be a challenge in London, but perhaps the Norwegian students are a little better behaved!

Bergen Cinema / Kino KP1 Feature 2.

January 7, 2010

Ortygia, Syracuse, Sicilia

September 28, 2009

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Santuario Della Madonna Delle Lacrime, Syracusa, Sicilia.

September 28, 2009

Syracuse’s most recent architectural landmark, Sanctuary of Our Lady of the Tears was designed based on the shape of a tear. Officially opened in 1994 it reaches the grand height of 102m. I can’t say I was enamoured with the external structure but the internal experience is extremely profound.

On 29 August 1953, a small plaster image of the Virgin Mary in the house of Angelo Iannuso and Antonina Giusto suddenly began to shed tears. The following days, on 30 and 31 August and on 1 September, tears were seen again on the Virgin’s face. The cavernous space was designed to house the image which reportedly bestowed 300+ miraculous cures over a few months after the tears. Sitting in the space listening to the nuns pray in harmony as the sounds echo up in to the heavens you can forgive the architects Michel Andrault and Pierre Parat for it’s external facade.

As construction begun on the church, an extensive network of houses and streets from the Roman and Greek periods were discovered. Elements of these and another sanctuary to the goddess Demeter and Kore (5th-4th century BC) remain in the crypt.

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Serpentine Gallery Pavilion, Summer 2009, by Kazuyo Sejima & Ryue Nishizawa of SANAA

August 20, 2009

The Serpentine Gallery delivers another fascinating structure for the British public to contemplate whilst strolling through Hyde Park, London.  After lasts year substantial installation by Frank Gehry, this years pavilion has a much more transient atmosphere. Blending the boundaries between sculptural art form and a functional sun (if your lucky) / rain  shelter it certainly invokes a response from onlookers. I couldn’t help but feel that the most exciting interaction with the organic shaped aluminum surface was surely on the top. Unfortunately this was a privilege reserved exclusively for the cleaners!

The architects say:

‘The Pavilion is floating aluminium, drifting freely between the trees like smoke. The reflective canopy undulates across the site, expanding the park and sky. Its appearance changes according to the weather, allowing it to melt into the surroundings. It works as a field of activity with no walls, allowing uninterrupted view across the park and encouraging access from all sides. It is a sheltered extension of the park where people can read, relax and enjoy lovely summer days.’

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