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

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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.

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

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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 center within the wider context; an orientating beacon within the expanse of the Great Fen. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Blackburn Central High School / Nicholas Hare Architects

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Architects: Nicholas Hare Architects
Location: Haslington Road, , UK
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Area: 8,673 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Andy Haslam

Cornelius Vermuyden School / Nicholas Hare Architects

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Architects: Nicholas Hare Architects
Location: Canvey Island, England
Main Contractor: Skanska
Structural Engineers: Arup
Planning: Collins Coward
Landscape: Grant Associates
Area: 8,061 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Jim Stephenson

Castle View School / Nicholas Hare Architects

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Architects: Nicholas Hare Architects
Location: Foksville Road, Canvey Island, England
Project Team: Essex County Council
Area: 10,125 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Alan Williams

Joseph Chamberlain Sixth Form College / Nicholas Hare Architects

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Architects: Nicholas Hare Architects
Location: Belgrave Road, ,
Structural Engineer & Services Engineer: BDP Engineering
Client: Joseph Chamberlain Sixth Form College
Area: 14,350 sqm
Year: 2008
Photographs: Alan Williams

All Saints’ Academy / Nicholas Hare Architects

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Architects: Nicholas Hare Architects
Location: Blaisdon Way, ,
Structural Engineer: Skanska Technology
Services Engineer: White Young Green
Client: Gloucestershire County Council
Year: 2011
Photographs: Hufton & Crow, Courtesy of Nicholas Hare Architects

Birmingham Ormiston Academy / Nicholas Hare Architects

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Architects: Nicholas Hare Architects
Location: Grosvenor Street, Aston, Birmingham, West Midlands,
Structural Engineer: Nolan Associates
Services Engineer: M&E Engineers – RPS
Client: Lend Lease
Area: 8,990 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Alan Williams Photography, Courtesy of

Crown Woods College / Nicholas Hare Architects

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Architects: Nicholas Hare Architects
Location: Royal Borough of Greenwich, ,
Structural Engineer: BDP Engineering
Services Engineer: BDP
Quantity Surveyor: Cyril Sweett
Client: Balfour Beatty
Area: 16,500 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Peter Durant, Courtesy of Nicholas Hare Architects

Royal Opera House Production Workshop / Nicholas Hare Architects

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Architects: Nicholas Hare Architects
Location: Purfleet Bypass, Purfleet,
Structural Engineer: Arup
Services Engineer: Arup
Quantity Surveyor: Gardiner & Theobald
Client: Royal Opera House
Area: 4,300 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Hufton + Crow