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'The Great Sky': Great Fen Visitor Center Competition Entry / Nicholas Hare Architects

01:00 - 3 May, 2013
'The Great Sky': Great Fen Visitor Center Competition Entry / Nicholas Hare Architects, Courtesy of Nicholas Hare Architects
Courtesy of Nicholas Hare Architects

The ‘Great Sky Visitor Center’ is a shimmering mirrored disc floating above the flat horizon of the Great Fen atop a shallow cone of fenland planting - a dramatic profile and marker in the landscape, but also one camouflaged when seen from the air. Designed by Nicholas Hare Architects, the silvered surface, that seen from within, dematerializes its edge against a reflected sky, intends to patinate and change over time in sympathy with the landscape it reflects. More images and architects' description after the break. Their design is a spherical surface reflecting 360 degree views of the continually evolving Fen landscape. In place of selective framed views, all views would be accepted into the heart of the Center from this ever changing landscape. A shallow landscaped cone provides added drama on approach to the upper viewing level: a device that allows the circular structure to act as a compass, allowing orientation and a literal and metaphorical sinking into the landscape from any chosen point of departure.

'The Fenland Beacon': Great Fen Visitor Center Competition Entry / Nicholas Hare Architects

01:00 - 2 May, 2013
'The Fenland Beacon': Great Fen Visitor Center Competition Entry / Nicholas Hare Architects, Courtesy of Nicholas Hare Architects
Courtesy of Nicholas Hare Architects

Titled, 'The Fenland Beacon', this proposal for the Great Fen Visitor Center is rooted in the landscape; responding to the inherent qualities of the Great Fen. Designed by Nicholas Hare Architects, the expansive sweep of the timber façade that ventures out and dissolve into the landscape is punctuated by the tower dramatically rising above the Fenland horizon, anchoring the visitor centre within the wider context; an orientating beacon within the expanse of the Great Fen. More images and architects' description after the break. Visitors are invited to embark upon a journey, aiming to elevate their understanding and deepen their relationship with the Great Fen. The linear sequence of experiences through the site, pavilion and tower distil the beauty of the environment into their elements whilst silencing the others, allowing the appreciation of each individual aspect that makes up the whole. Culminating in the ascent of the tower, the visitor is rewarded with a unique 360-degree panorama of the Great Fen.

Blackburn Central High School / Nicholas Hare Architects

01:00 - 27 March, 2013
Blackburn Central High School / Nicholas Hare Architects, © Andy Haslam
© Andy Haslam

© Andy Haslam © Andy Haslam © Andy Haslam © Andy Haslam +18

  • Architects

  • Location

    24 Kempton Rise, Blackburn, Blackburn with Darwen BB1 1RT, United Kingdom
  • Architect in Charge

    Nicholas Hare Architects
  • Contractor

    Balfour Beatty
  • Quantity Surveyor

    Turner & Townsend
  • Structural Engineer

    Ramboll
  • Services Engineer

    Hoare Lea
  • Landscape Designer

    Farrer Huxley Associates
  • Area

    8673.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

Cornelius Vermuyden School / Nicholas Hare Architects

01:00 - 11 March, 2013
Cornelius Vermuyden School / Nicholas Hare Architects, © Jim Stephenson
© Jim Stephenson

© Jim Stephenson © Jim Stephenson © Jim Stephenson © Jim Stephenson +18

  • Architects

  • Location

    The Cornelius Vermuyden School, Dinant Avenue, Canvey Island, Essex SS8 9QS, United Kingdom
  • Main Contractor

    Skanska
  • Structural Engineers

    Arup
  • Planning

    Collins Coward
  • Landscape

    Grant Associates
  • Area

    8061.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

Castle View School / Nicholas Hare Architects

01:00 - 4 March, 2013
Castle View School / Nicholas Hare Architects, © Alan Williams
© Alan Williams

© Alan Williams © Alan Williams © Alan Williams © Alan Williams +20

  • Architects

  • Location

    51 Foksville Road, Canvey Island, Essex SS8, United Kingdom
  • Project Team

    Essex County Council
  • Main contractor

    Skanska
  • Quantity Surveyor

    Cost managed by Skanska
  • Structural Engineer

    Arup
  • Services Engineer

    Skanska
  • Landscape Designer

    Macgregor Smith
  • Project Manager

    Skanska
  • Area

    10125.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

Joseph Chamberlain Sixth Form College / Nicholas Hare Architects

01:00 - 2 February, 2013
© Alan Williams
© Alan Williams
  • Architects

  • Location

    Belgrave Road, Birmingham, United Kingdom
  • Structural Engineer & Services Engineer

    BDP Engineering
  • Client

    Joseph Chamberlain Sixth Form College
  • Area

    14,350 sqm
  • Project Year

    2008
  • Photographs

© Alan Williams © Alan Williams © Alan Williams © Alan Williams +25

All Saints’ Academy / Nicholas Hare Architects

01:00 - 30 January, 2013
All Saints’ Academy / Nicholas Hare Architects, © Hufton & Crow
© Hufton & Crow

© Hufton & Crow © Hufton & Crow © Hufton & Crow © Hufton & Crow +14

  • Architects

  • Location

    Blaisdon Way, Cheltenham, United Kingdom
  • Structural Engineer

    Skanska Technology
  • Services Engineer

    White Young Green
  • Client

    Gloucestershire County Council
  • Project Year

    2011

Birmingham Ormiston Academy / Nicholas Hare Architects

01:00 - 1 January, 2013
© Alan Williams Photography
© Alan Williams Photography
  • Architects

  • Location

    Grosvenor Street, Aston, Birmingham, West Midlands, United Kingdom
  • Structural Engineer

    Nolan Associates
  • Services Engineer

    M&E Engineers - RPS
  • Client

    Lend Lease
  • Area

    8,990 sqm
  • Project Year

    2011
  • Photographs

© Alan Williams Photography Courtesy of  Nicholas Hare Architects © Alan Williams Photography © Alan Williams Photography +17

Crown Woods College / Nicholas Hare Architects

01:00 - 28 December, 2012
Crown Woods College / Nicholas Hare Architects, © Peter Durant
© Peter Durant

Courtesy of Nicholas Hare Architects Courtesy of Nicholas Hare Architects © Peter Durant Courtesy of Nicholas Hare Architects +24

  • Architects

  • Location

    Royal Borough of Greenwich, London SE9 2QN, United Kingdom
  • Structural Engineer

    BDP Engineering
  • Services Engineer

    BDP
  • Quantity Surveyor

    Cyril Sweett
  • Client

    Balfour Beatty
  • Area

    16,500 sqm
  • Project Year

    2011
  • Photographs

Royal Opera House Production Workshop / Nicholas Hare Architects

01:00 - 10 December, 2012
© Hufton + Crow
© Hufton + Crow
  • Architects

  • Location

    Purfleet Bypass, Purfleet, United Kingdom
  • Structural Engineer

    Arup
  • Services Engineer

    Arup
  • Quantity Surveyor

    Gardiner & Theobald
  • Client

    Royal Opera House
  • Area

    4,300 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

© Hufton + Crow © Hufton + Crow © Hufton + Crow © Hufton + Crow +23