We were tasked with creating an office block for Pinewood Studios. We had a few initial ideas, but eventually decided on a rotated style, inspired by ‘Jenga’ and ‘Rubik’s Cube’.
Initially, we wanted to have each floor rotated at 22. 5˚ to give a good aesthetic appeal to the building. We then simplified this design to have each floor at opposite angles of 45 ˚.
We decided to place the large open view windows on the South and West side to maintain sunlight throughout the day. We chose to use the cantilever balconies as rooftop gardens making the building more aesthetically and environmentally appealing. The slanted roof idea meant that we could harvest the rainwater and use it to water plants, we could also recycle it within services.
We would intend to look further into the ground beneath before any construction, although the London Clay would mean that we could have a solid structure. We would use piling to create the foundations, they would be concrete and they would have to be long enough to go through 10m of made ground to ensure stability.
Originally we thought that we would use floor to ceiling glass windows on the faces that would be in direct sunlight. On the other sides we were going to use wood. We also explored the idea of using coloured sides like a Rubik’s cube, although it didnt give the desired look. The glass windows would be double glazing to improve the BREEAM score of out building- we intend for this to be outstanding. We also put a skylight above the central core to make the most of natural lighting through the stairwell reducing the need for electricity supply during the day.
Floor plans of building Services layout in building
We decided to base our services around the lift shaft so that no space used for offices would be taken up. The services included on all the floors are; electrical wires, ventilation pipes, gas pipes and water pipes.
By increasingsome of the beamsizes (especially ofthe cantilevers)we reduced thetorsion in thebuilding, thismeant that thebuilding couldsupport both thedead and liveloads.
What we have learnt: There are many more types of engineering than we initially thought You don’t necessarily have to study the same branch of engineering at university that you want to do later in life Engineering is much more difficult than we initially predicted as there are so many aspects to consider when carrying out each project The design of the building is not the only consideration which the client may wish engineers to consider. Things like sustainability, BREEAM rating and environmental effects of a project are just as important.