Victoria Gate / ACME

Victoria Gate / ACME

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  • Architects: ACME
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  26000
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2016
  • Photographs
    Photographs:Jack Hobhouse
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers:  Seele, Adept, BCM GRC, Broadley Group, Cricursa, Drawn Metal, Kemps Architectrural Lighting, Ketley, Ketley Brick, Lindner, Maple Sunscreening, Marshalls, Mater of stuff, Metallic Fabrications, Techrete, Toscari, Towertech, Viabizzuno, WPL UK
  • Masterplan: Julia Cano, Stefano Dal Piva, Lizy Huyghe, Friedrich Ludewig, Roberta Pari, Heidrun Schuhmann
  • John Lewis: Julia Cano, Pablo Carballal, Andrea Collar Loyer, Stefano Dal Piva, Marc Dufour-Feronce, Catherine Hennessy, Lizy Huyghe, Friedrich Ludewig, Roberta Pari, Charles Pigott, Heidrun Schuhmann, Sofia Steffenoni, Marcos Velascos, Adam Vukmanov, Michel Bosauder
  • Victoria Gate Arcades: Ana Arrebola, Stefano Dal Piva, Dave Edwards, Patrick Elborough, Catherine Hennessy, Christian Hoeller, Louisa Lindstrom, Friedrich Ludewig, Edoardo Milli, Claudia Orsetti, Charles Pigott, Sara Poza Ruiz, Aemilia Ross, Elena Ruiz, Ying Teh, Irene Todero, Antonio Torres Tebar, Katrina Varian
  • MSCP: Andrea Collar Loyer, Stefano Dal Piva, Catherine Hennessy, Friedrich Ludewig, Charles Pigott, Keigo Yoshida
  • Other Participants: Hammerson, Thorp pre-cast, Techcrete
  • Master Plan: Julia Cano, Stefano Dal Piva, Lizy Huyghe, Friedrich Ludewig, Roberta Pari, Heidrun Schuhmann
  • City: Leeds
  • Country: United Kingdom
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Victoria Gate  / ACME - Facade, Windows
© Jack Hobhouse

Text description provided by the architects. The brief for the Victoria Gate masterplan was to design a new, vibrant, key urban block in Leeds city centre which provided retail and leisure uses anchored by a department store, with an associated car park. The visibility and identity of the department store was an important part of the brief.

Victoria Gate  / ACME - Image 2 of 81
© Jack Hobhouse

The scheme needed to be designed as an extension of the Headrow, the city’s main civic axis, and Hammerson’s brief right from the beginning was that the scheme should not be a ‘mall’ but more a 21st century extension of the existing Victorian arcades for which Leeds is famous.

Combined Ground Floor Plan
Combined 1st Floor Plan

Victoria Gate,in the East of Leeds city centre, forms a natural extension of Victoria Quarter and Leeds’s retail district. The scheme includes a new John Lewis department store, multi storey car parking and two arcades with a mix of shops, restaurants and leisure facilities.

Victoria Gate  / ACME - Image 15 of 81
© Jack Hobhouse

The buildings appear as three distinct elements with individual identities that relate to each other and the vernacular of Leeds.

The new John Lewis store anchors the scheme. Placed on the extension of the Headrow, the city’s main civic axis, the store forms a visible gateway into the city centre.

Victoria Gate  / ACME - Windows, Facade, Column
© Jack Hobhouse

The materiality of the building draws on the history of terracotta façades in Leeds, often produced by the local Burmantoffs Terracotta works, providing a modern interpretation of a traditional material. The façade order is also influenced by the textile history of Leeds as well as John Lewis, and is designed as a layered terracotta skin reminiscent of woven fabric. The diagrid is the ordering element that repeats along the perimeter of the building ; the resulting diamonds contain infill panels which respond to the internal layout of the store and the immediate context, providing transparency and ornamentation to the building.

Victoria Gate  / ACME - Windows, Facade
© Jack Hobhouse

The Victoria Gate multi-storey car-park [MSCP] is visible from all main urban approaches. From the outset the intention was to separate John Lewis from the car-park, but to acknowledge their shared purpose and relationship to the façade.

Victoria Gate  / ACME - Image 21 of 81
© Jack Hobhouse
Victoria Gate  / ACME - Facade, Steel
© Jack Hobhouse

Twisted aluminium fin cladding creates a diagrid pattern, emphasised by the shadows generated, which relates to the John Lewis façade. The façade efficiently provides vehicular restraint, daylight and natural ventilation.

Victoria Gate  / ACME - Facade
© Jack Hobhouse

The Arcades building is designed as a two storey, twin arcade with a complex glazed roofscape continuing the grand history of Leeds’s 19th century arcades. A large casino sits above the arcade, partially over-sailing it and creating a four storey civic frontage on Eastgate.

Victoria Gate  / ACME - Glass, Steel
© Jack Hobhouse

The exterior of the building evolves from the 19th and 20th century language of the surrounding Blomfield and Victorian brick and terracotta buildings, with sculpturally pleated brick elevations – brick-faced pre-cast concrete panels-  changing in rhythm and scale responding to the context of the site.

Victoria Gate  / ACME - Brick, Windows, Facade
© Jack Hobhouse
Victoria Gate  / ACME - Facade, Windows
© Jack Hobhouse

The interiors of the arcades are inspired by the Victorian tradition through the use of curved glass and patterned stone floors, based on Leeds’s woolen herringbone cloth.

Victoria Gate  / ACME - Windows
© Jack Hobhouse

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Address:Leeds, United Kingdom

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