the world's most visited architecture website
i

Sign up now and start saving and organizing your favorite architecture projects and photos

Sign up now to save and organize your favorite architecture projects

i

Find the most inspiring products for your projects in our Product Catalog.

Find the most inspiring products in our Product Catalog.

i

Get the ArchDaily Chrome Extension and be inspired with every new tab. Install here »

i

All over the world, architects are finding cool ways to re-use run-down old buildings. Click here to see the best in Refurbishment Architecture.

Want to see the coolest refurbishment projects? Click here.

i

Immerse yourself in inspiring buildings with our selection of 360 videos. Click here.

See our immersive, inspiring 360 videos. Click here.

All
Projects
Products
Events
Competitions
Navigate articles using your keyboard
  1. ArchDaily
  2. Projects
  3. Shopping Centers
  4. United Kingdom
  5. ACME
  6. 2017
  7. Watermark WestQuay / ACME

Watermark WestQuay / ACME

  • 05:00 - 4 August, 2017
Watermark WestQuay / ACME
Watermark WestQuay / ACME, Courtesy of ACME
Courtesy of ACME

Courtesy of ACME Courtesy of ACME Courtesy of ACME Courtesy of ACME + 118

  • Architects

  • Location

    Southampton, United Kingdom
  • Area

    23.45 m2
  • Project Year

    2017
  • Client

    Hammerson
  • Budget

    £75M
  • Consultants

    AKTII, Hoare Lea, Grant Associates, Waterman, George Sexton Associates, JGA, AHR, MTDRC, Scott Brownrigg, MOLA, RWDI, David Dexter Associates, Brian Bulfin Associates, Barton Willmore, Currie & Brown, Gleeds.
  • More Specs Less Specs

Text description provided by the architects. Phase 1 of Watermark WestQuay is the first part of a major redevelopment of a key area within Southampton’s town centre designed by ACME. e new scheme contains a 10-screen multiplex cinema, bowling alley, 24 restaurants and cafés, and a new public plaza and esplanade. Created for Hammerson, Watermark sits adjacent to their WestQuay Shopping Centre, drawing the development towards the sea. A soaring cantilevered box wrapped in a skin of curving silver tubes projects out over the new square, signalling the development from the city as a hub of activity.

Courtesy of ACME
Courtesy of ACME

The WestQuay masterplan addresses Southampton’s historic role as a main thoroughfare for cruise ships and trade. During the course of the twentieth century the shoreline has become distanced from the local population, moving progressively further away from the medieval town walls that historically marked the waterfront, due in part to a series of port facilities and industrial buildings, such as the former Pirelli factory.

Courtesy of ACME
Courtesy of ACME

Phase 1 and 2 of Watermark WestQuay have been designed as the first steps in a plan to reconnect the city to the sea, embracing Southampton’s ancient maritime history.  e overall vision of the masterplan will ensure that the new development bridges the level change that currently divides the site from the city centre, while maintaining protected views by splitting the scheme into distinct north and south projects.

Courtesy of ACME
Courtesy of ACME

The areas of newly created public realm around the building are open 24 hours a day, ensuring that the scheme is fully integrated into the fabric of the city centre.

It centres around a new public plaza, flanked by the Town Walls and a set of tapering steps leading down from the lower promenade, creating a natural auditorium in which to host a range of events. Lined with restaurants that open up onto the square, this flexible space will become a scene of lively activity throughout the summer months.

Courtesy of ACME
Courtesy of ACME

A water feature provides a focal point and combines fountain jets with a mirror pool which ebbs and flows much as the tides would have done when this location formed the waters edge, while integrated lighting animates the space during the evening and night. During the winter the space is designed to host an ice rink, Christmas markets and other activities to ensure it remains vibrant with activity year round.

Courtesy of ACME
Courtesy of ACME
3D Model
3D Model
Courtesy of ACME
Courtesy of ACME

Leading south from the Plaza along the foot of the Town Walls is Western Esplanade. is is the first portion of a pedestrian route that will eventually reach all the way to the waterfront when future phases of the masterplan are developed. A sinuous planted swale creates pockets of space which allow people to gather and relax alongside colourful planting composed of wide variety of native species.

Courtesy of ACME
Courtesy of ACME

Uplighting is employed along the Town Wall providing a richly textured backdrop to the scheme at night, while all lighting to the public realm is provided from the building itself and the trees, ensuring the plaza is clutter-free and focusing attention of the ancient Walls.

Courtesy of ACME
Courtesy of ACME

Location to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Cite: "Watermark WestQuay / ACME" 04 Aug 2017. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/877000/watermark-westquay-acme/> ISSN 0719-8884
Courtesy of ACME

城市与大海连接第一步 Watermark WestQuay 综合体 / ACME