OMP were invited to participate in a limited design competition to design commercial offices on a sensitive .8 hectare/ 2acre site in the docklands. Located between a main street and a Dock Harbour, the site also includes a protected Victorian warehouse at the water’s edge. Our design solution envisages two 15m bars of office space with a central atrium extending from the main street to the south and the water’s edge to the north.
The eastern block over sails the protected warehouse, which is retained as a bar and dockside restaurant and the western block is raised at ground floor level to allow public access to a proposed new harbour side square and boardwalk. The double height under croft has a dynamic spatial quality with a clear visual and physical connection from the adjoining street to the water’s edge.
A cascade of accommodation stairs enliven the Atrium space and allow for flexible lease arrangements. The two distinct blocks of office space amount to a total of 14500 sq ms of accommodated over 7 storeys. The façade treatment is visualised as a perforated stone skin with deeply recessed and staggered openings rising to a penthouse treatment of setback pavilions and loggias.