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  • 1. designDesign DesignDESIGN DESIGN
  • 2. The Studio embraces an interdisciplinary approachin all scales of Design & Cultural Endeavour, – from Tea spoon to CiTy.It embraces Architecture, Product and Graphicdesign, Development management, Interior designand Landscape.It absorbs and promotes events and debate atits London base through Testbed, which acts as acommunity hub for itself and its neighbours (TheRoyall College of Art, Vivienne Westwood, Squint/Opera (film and animation), Foster + Partners, andBed Head.Our mission is simple, ‘Make liFe beTTer’We have global experience and can deliver ourbrand through our Toronto, Chongqing andLondon offices.We work in Strategic Partnership with otherpractices throughout the world. 3
  • 3. prof. William alsop obe Prof. Alsop works on large-scale urban planning and design initiatives across the world from his London, Shanghai, Istanbul and Toronto bases. His work is guided by the principle that architecture is both vehicle and symbol of social change and renewal. The philosophy extends from the design of objects and individual buildings to embrace broader principles of urbanism and city development. By abandoning the hegemony of an acceptable style, he has rendered the whole process of architecture one of increasing fluidity and transparency; a new and refreshing position for architecture both in the UK and elsewhere. Prof Alsop is the recipient of a multitude of world-class level recognitions for his work, including the RIBA World Architecture award – the highest architectural recognition in the UK – as well as professorships in distinguished universities in Europe and North America. The most creative Prof. Alsop is an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) and a Member of the Royal Academy, London. architect in the world scott Lawrie Scott joined Will in 2009 as Managing Principal, and is based London studio. In his previous roles, which included initially working at Lohan Associates’ office in Chicago (where he won an American Institute of Architects’ Design Award), Scott held FaST COMPaNY magazine senior positions with Foster + Partners in London, John McAslan & Partners and PRP. He gained significant experience in the design and delivery of landmark projects throughout the world, Will alsop tops the 2009 Creative people in architecture List specializing in high density mixed use, high end and affordable residential and commercial projects both in the form of new build and also a high proportion of listed buildings in London. His portfolio includes work on Masdar Zero Carbon City in Abu Dhabi; the redevelopment of the British Museum Great Court and at Wembley Arena in London; large mixed use projects in London with high density residential towers on prestigious sites such as Kings Cross and Wembley along with super high rise buildings in China and Russia. Scott has acted as a Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea Civic Awards Judge and was involved in the review of the draft Mayor’s Housing Guide during its consultation process.4 5
  • 4. Landscape ALL Delivers. We recognise that many of our Clients Product operate to strict commercial parameters, and delivering within those parameters is integral to our service. Creativity of design is central to our ethos, however we believe that creativity and commercial common sense are Graphics not mutually exclusive domains; in fact, rather the opposite. Strategic our studio teams are supported at all stages partners of the design process by a project manager experienced in the business of development. The project manager compliments the skills of colleagues focused principally on design, working with Clients to clearly define their brief at inception stage, and to ensure that Interiors the principles of the Clients requirements are then driven through the project to delivery. Architecture & Master Planning The scope of our service can vary to suit the needs of our Clients, from focused design management, to a full project management Project & Design service. our approach is collaborative, hands- Programme Management on and rooted in common sense. • Client brief formulation; • Budget, cost and value coordination; • Project team selection and leadership; • Design programming and management; • Commercial and practical procurement advice; • Monitoring of performance, quality and programme; ToronTo LonDon • Risk management. aLL aims to identify, release and enhance value for our clients through world-class design. ALL Delivers. Chongqing6 7
  • 5. HonorAry PoSITIonS AnD AwArDS Distinctions 2010 Honorary Doctorate, Ryerson University, Toronto 2007 Honorary Doctorate, University of East Anglia 2006 Honorary Fellow, Queen Mary and Westfield College, University of London, Faculty of Building, Barbara Miller Award 2005 Honorary Fellow, University College Northampton 2004 Honorary Doctorate, Ontario Will alsop’s work is internationally recognized as College of Art & Design, Toronto ground breaking and thus has been recognized 2003 Visiting Professor in Urban Art – by professional bodies and academic institutions School of Art & Design, Liverpool around the world 2002 Honorary Fellow, Sheffield Hallam University 2001 Honorary Doctorate, University of Nottingham Trent, School of Architecture Prof. Alsop is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, member 2000 Officer of the British Empire (OBE) of the Royal Institute of British Architects and of the 1997 Visiting Professor, the London Institute 1996 Honorary Fellow of the Royal Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, and is Head of Society of British Sculptors Construction at the Technical University of Vienna. Honorary Doctorate of Law, Leicester University La Fosca Hotel, Spain PeCkhaM London, UK Studies on Tate Modern 1995 Member of the Russian Academy of Art 1994/98 Member of the Design Council 1992 Hamburgische Architektenkammer Rhône AcADeMIc APPoInTMenTS 1997 Ongoing Professor, Technical University of Vienna 1990 Visiting Professor, University of Hanover 1988 Unit Master, Architectural Association 1986 Visiting Professor, Bremen Academy of Art & Music 1984 Visiting Professor, Royal Melbourne Institute Design 1984 Visiting Professor, New South Wales Institute of Technology 1982 The Davis Professor, Tulane University, New Orleans 1977 Visiting Professor, San Francisco Institute of Art Visiting Professor, Ball State University, Indiana Prof. Alsop adresses the Ryerson University Senate, Toronto 1973 Tutor in Sculpture, St Martin’s School of Art peckham Library received the 2000 stirling prize, the most prestigious architectural award in britain8 9
  • 6. Awards CLarKe qUay singapore prof. alsop’s achievements and creativity have been recognized by some of the most prestigious architectural awards in europe as well as america and asia SeLecTeD ArcHITecTurAL AwArDS RIBA Worldwide Projects Award, 2008 Cityscape Asia Awards, Best Waterfront OCAD, Toronto, Canada Development, Clarke Quay, Singapore 2003 MIPIM – Future Project Prizes, Cityscape Asia Awards, Best Future Mixed-Use The Public, West Bromwich, UK Development, Raffles City, Beijing, China AJ/Bovis Lend Lease Award for Architecture – RA 2007 MIPIM Future Projects Awards, ‘Big Urban Summer Show, Barnsley Masterplan, UK Projects’ Category: RiversideOne (Middlehaven Laureate Preservation of Historic Buildings Award, Masterplan), Middlesbrough, UK Speicher Am Fischmarkt, Hamburg, Germany Cityscape Architectural Review Awards, (Tourism, 2002 AJ/Bovis Lend Lease Award for Architecture – Travel & Transport– Built), Clarke Quay, Singapore RA Summer Show, SZ Family House of the Future Cityscape Architectural Review Awards, (Tourism, BDA Architecture Award, Speicher Am Travel & Transport – Future), Shanghai Kiss, China Fischmarkt, Hamburg, Germany RIBA Commercial Building Prize for the 2001 Concrete Society Award, Cardiff Bay Barrage, UK London Region, Palestra, London, UK AIA London Chapter Design Award for Best Structural Steelwork Awards 2007, Building, Peckham Library, London, UK commendation, Palestra, London, UK Civic Trust Award, Peckham Library, London, UK 2006 RIBA Education Award, The BCIA Award, Peckham Library, London, UK Blizard Building, London, UK Renault Design Award, Speicher Am Civic Trust Award, Fawood Children’s Fischmarkt, Hamburg, Germany Centre, London, UK 2000 RIBA Stirling Prize, Building of the Civic Trust Award, The Blizard Building, London, UK Year, Peckham Library, London, UK Hot Dip Galvanising Award, Highly Commended, BCIA Award, North Greenwich Jubilee Fawood Children’s Centre, London, UK Line Station, London, UK Waterways Renaissance Award: New RIBA Civic and Community Architecture Award, North Islington, Manchester, UK Greenwich Jubilee Line Station, London, UK 2005 RIBA London Region Award, Fawood 1999 RIBA Award, North Greenwich Children’s Centre, London, UK Jubilee Line Station, London, UK RIBA Stirling Prize Short-list, Fawood Concrete Society Award, North Greenwich Children’s Centre, London, UK Jubilee Line Station, UK Leaf Award, Best Use of Technology within a Large 1997 RIBA Worldwide Projects Award, Scheme, The Blizard Building, London, UK Le Grand Bleu, Marseille, France AIA/UK Excellence in Design Awards, commendation: RIBA Civic & Community Architecture Award, Fawood Children’s Centre, London, UK Le Grand Bleu, Marseille, France Royal Fine Art Commission Building 1995 Palmarés Award for Architecture, of the Year – Special Award, Fawood Le Grand Bleu, Marseille, France Children’s Centre, London, UK 1991/92 Paraplegic Facilities Special Toronto Architecture and Urban Design Prize, Berlin Olympics 2000 Award: OCAD, Toronto, Canada Architectural Prize, Potsdamer/Leipziger Platz 2004 DX Design Effectiveness Award, White Rose Award, Leeds Corn Exchange, UK OCAD, Toronto, Canada RIBA National Award, Cardiff Bay Visitor’s Centre, UK10 11
  • 7. press Will Alsop You may know his ‘wonky-legged’ Peckham library or other striking constructions using strong colours and ‘blobby shapes’ But the name of the man who built them? Will Alsop . is fast joining Foster and Rogers as one of the Uk’s top architects. lynn Barber finds him as cheerful as his buildings Lynn barber — The observer Sunday 8 April 2007 I thought architects came in Armani suits the others deal in doom and gloom. Yet with shaven heads and peculiar glasses. it’s surprising how many architects dress Will Alsop, in his crumpled black shirt, as though they’re accountants, and behave black jacket and long, lank, greying hair, like accountants. They manage to make looks more like a hairy biker - amazingly something that should be thoroughly scruffy and obviously not a man familiar enjoyable into a rather dull grind.’ North West RIBA Awards Winners 2010 | News | Architects Journal Page 1 of 2 with gyms. His favourite watering hole is the Chelsea Arts Club, which to put it It is noticeable that accountants often mildly is not the place to order wheatgrass feature as bogeymen in his conversation - juice. He smokes even more than me. At his father was an accountant. But he was one point he tells me he is 59 then pauses 64 and already retired by the time Will  and adds, ‘You’re supposed to say I don’t was born. The family were comfortably look it.’ Oh, OK, I tell him, leaving open off and lived in Northampton. Neither  the question of whether he looks older or parent showed the slightest interest in younger. Actually 59 is still quite young architecture - though Will recalls that his for a top architect because architecture mother was very houseproud and liked is a famously late-flowering profession rearranging furniture, which might be - Philip Johnson started a new practice relevant. When he was six he designed a COPYRIGHT: This cutting is reproduced by Durrants on behalf of Cision UK Ltd. under licence from the NLA, CLA or other copyright owner. No further copying (including the printing of digital cuttings), when he was 90. But with Alsop you house for her to live in - its most striking slightly wonder if he’ll make old bones. specification was that it had to be built in digital reproduction or forwarding is permitted except under license from the NLA, (for newspapers) CLA, (for books and magazines) or other copyright body. Article Page 1 of 2 G12208L - 392 Page 1 of 2 New Zealand. Since his Peckham Library won the Stirling Prize in 2000, Alsop probably He always wanted to be an architect, even counts as number three in the hierarchy of before he really knew what architects did. British architects, after Lords Rogers and But he remembers that there was one Foster. His recent building for Goldsmiths modernist house in Northampton, New College, New Cross, and the Blizard Ways, designed by Peter Behrens in 1926  Building, his science institute for Queen and actually the first Modern Movement   Mary’s College in Whitechapel, won house in Britain, and his mother took him    rapturous praise - the Guardian called the to see it, though she always used to say   latter ‘rational and romantic, questioning, how ugly it was. The lady who lived there    quixotic and necessary’. Other much gave Will and his twin sister ice cream,   admired buildings include the Hotel ‘And it was really good ice cream, so du Departement (seat of regional maybe that had a certain positive effect.’       government) in Marseille which was his  first big commission and the Ontario When Alsop was 16 his father died, so 07/12/2010   College of Art and Design. The former he decided to leave school, where he was  is known as Le Grand Bleu because it is bored, and do his A-levels at evening   blue, the latter as the Dalmatian because it classes while working for a local architect. has black and white spots. (‘Even today I think, Why are these kids     going to school full-time to do A-levels?   His buildings often have playful elements They don’t need to.’) He did a foundation  - strong colours, blobby shapes, and stilts course at Northampton Art School and Architect Will Alsop Talks About Building a Brighter Future - Page 1 of 3  at crazy angles - but they are functional thence to the Architectural Association   too. When I said something about the (AA) where he entered the competition to ‘wonky legs’ of the Peckham Library he design the Pompidou Centre in Paris and   corrected me sharply: ‘There is a good was runner-up to Richard Rogers. His   structural reason for putting the legs at first proper commission was a swimming  an angle. Not that I believe in having to pool for Sheringham in Norfolk in 1984 JANUARY 21, 2011  justify everything you do, but if you have (the start of a love affair with the Norfolk straight legs in parallel you have to put in coast) and then a visitor centre for Cardiff Building a Brighter Future   Architect, Painter and Now, Seemingly, Park Warden, Will Alsop Refuses to Be Contained by  some bracing otherwise they might shift Bay. After that he got a lot of work in Space  sideways but if you have a series of legs Germany, including the Hamburg Ferry  at angles they’re bracing the lateral load Terminal, before beating Norman Foster  By ANDREW MCKIE British architect. Yet although Mr. Alsops  anyway, so there is a reason for it. People in the competition to build the Marseille buildings, which often feature unusual structures   say, Oh, that’s just Will being wilful but Hotel du Departement in 1994. But even and bright primary colors, arent without their not a bit of it.’ He once said he could best critics (the satirical magazine Private Eye has twice  then, the work still didn’t exactly flow. chosen his work for its award for Worst Building teach his students about load-bearing by of the Year), they possess a relatively rare quality making them form a human pyramid. ‘I came back here and went round to in modern architecture: they are, for the most part, extremely popular with the people who use 25/01/2011 Anyway, his buildings stand up, they are see potential clients and they’d say they and live next to them. weatherproof, and the people who use wanted to see what you’d done - and I’d It is a quality that has made him very busy: when I them like them, which is more than you say, the Hotel du Department, because I speak to him the day after the opening of a small can say for some famous architects. was proud of it and it was well received show at Londons Royal Academy, he is in Canada. - and they’d say, Yes, but what have you By the time I call him a couple of days later, he is in China. And he is good fun. He has a dry wit and done here. I’d say, But I built this in a Richard Johnson/ merry chortle. His studio in Battersea foreign language, 800 miles away, on time, Contained in Burlington Houses Architecture is a bright and bustling place, full of Ontario College of Art & Design University in Space—really a passageway behind the main on budget - all the things you say - and Toronto staircase—the exhibition, entitled "En Route: Alsop paintings on show at London hospital | News | Architects Journal Page 1 of 1 eager-beaver young things, with his own they’d say, Ah, but it doesn’t count because Catering to basic human needs—food, fuel, shelter Proper Behaviour in the Park" (until March 13), colourful abstract paintings round the it’s not in Britain. Scary.’ (He says it was comprises large, splashy, colorful paintings and so on—is usually the work of those who are, produced in response to drawings by students walls. He believes that cheerfulness is even worse for Richard Rogers - he was often literally, down to earth. And few industries deal as directly with the concrete as the building from Ontario College of Art & Design University in important and that ‘Being an architect is out of work for two years after he built Canada, re-imagining Grange Park in Toronto. It to some extent a performing art because trade. Its odd, then, that architects frequently give offers some clues as to how Mr. Alsop resolves the the Pompidou Centre.) But he gradually the impression of having their heads in the clouds. you’ve got to keep people up, you’ve got to got more commissions in his fifties and is apparent discrepancy between the abstract Indeed, one of the exhibits at last years Architecture Biennale in Venice was a cloud. thinking of contemporary architecture and the keep the whole situation buoyant and I’ve probably now one of the busiest architects production of physical spaces that the public actually enjoys. noticed that the best and most successful around. Few resolve this apparent contradiction as successfully as Will Alsop. A longstanding favorite projects are when everyone just keeps "The students job was to make a lot of noise, smiling. Architects are the only profession of the avant-garde and winner of the Stirling Prize really, performing the role that members of the  However, Alsop was never very good at in 2000, he is now probably, after Lords Rogers that actually deal in joy and delight - all handling the finances and, after several public have for previous work," he says. "Of and Foster, the best-known and best-regarded   12  13  
  • 8. rocky patches (especially when his major own way. I’m not against Modernism ‘Fourth Grace’ project for Liverpool either - it’s what I was brought up was cancelled), he sold his practice last on - but it was time to stir it up and year to the design conglomerate SMC he did.’ Alsop even has a good word for £1.8m. He says that’s fine - it allows for Poundbury, Prince Charles’s model him to concentrate on architecture. ‘I village of ‘traditional’ houses in Dorset. ‘I think you have to have the intelligence can cope with Poundbury! I wouldn’t do to recognise that you’re not a good it myself but I can appreciate that it has businessman and therefore find someone certain qualities – an element of surprise, who loves money to look after that an element of disorder – that people aspect for you. I worked for some other respond to. Whereas they don’t respond architects before I started on my own, to the clean lines and rationality of and one of them I thought was rather modernism, because we are not rational good but he could have been better by and large.’ had he spent less time looking at VAT returns. And I decided then that I didn’t The awful thing about being an architect, go through seven years of training and I’ve always thought, is that you spend meandering and travelling and trying half your time designing buildings that to educate myself to end up doing VAT never get built. Alsop says that actually returns.’ it’s far more than half - usually only about 10 per cent of your designs are He and his wife (they have three grown- ever built. But that’s fine, he says - even up children) live between an Edwardian when he has no particular commission or mansion flat in London and a converted competition in mind, he likes designing stable block in Norfolk. But why hasn’t buildings. ‘It’s like tennis - you have he built his own house? ‘Lots of people to keep doing it all the time, whether ask me that. And the answer is: I rather you have a client or not. I believe that like my wife. If I built my own house, absolutely. You can speculate in your she’d leave me. So I feel very comfortable sketchbook - you’re allowed to think not doing that, though of course I often about anything, with or without a client.’ have daydreams about it.’ In fact he has built his own studio in Norfolk - ‘Sheila He recently designed an ideal prison and was very happy about that because it got researched it by staying in HMP Gartree me out of the house! But I spend a large and talking to prisoners. Now his proportion of the day talking or thinking thoughts are turning to hospitals, and he about new buildings so it’s quite nice has been reading up Le Corbusier’s ideas to go home and have her taste imposed for a hospital (never built) in Venice: ‘He on me. And I do like her taste. She thought that as soon as patients were in likes antiques and I don’t dislike them shuffle mode they needed somewhere at all. She’s very good at making things to shuffle to, so he designed what was comfortable - somewhere you can curl basically a club overlooking the lagoon up on the sofa in front of the fire and just with leather armchairs, a bar, smoking! veg out looking at telly with a glass of And where the boys could meet the girls wine, and I’m very happy to do that.’ and possibly fall in love. So I thought it was those sorts of ideas that are missing He tries to veg out at weekends as much in our ideas for hospitals.’ as possible and also takes a month off in the summer to go painting in Majorca I do hope Alsop builds a hospital one with his friend Bruce McLean. He is a day - I would enjoy shuffling along to strong believer that ‘the Victorian work his club. And with any luck he will, ethic drags us down’. But actually he because he has no plans to retire, ever: ‘But what it means in the profession is they’re talking about. And they’re quite has a pretty hectic schedule - when I ‘I still feel that all my best work is yet to that when a project comes along, they usefully mad in a way. The politicians met him he was just back from Delhi come.’ He has the rare knack of making think you have to take a long time to do and planners make terrible assumptions and Vienna (where he is professor of buildings that people enjoy using. But he it. Whereas Lutyens said, Sometimes about a lack of imagination in the general architecture) before leaving for New won’t explain how he does it because ‘If I’ll go and have a drink with someone public, but they’re much more imaginative York. He also has offices in Shanghai, you can explain it, you spoil it’ and also on my way home and get a new project. and what they’re really saying by and large Singapore, Beijing and Toronto which you risk creating a theory or set of rules, But if I don’t know what I’m going to do is that they want the place that they live he visits regularly. He says he doesn’t which is the last thing he wants. ‘I think with it before supper, I know it’s going in to have an identity and be different mind all the travelling - ‘The trick is to it’s good to have some sort of mystery, to be difficult. He had this idea that you from anywhere else.’ make sure you go in the proper class! which is best left unexplained.’ But his Otherwise you would die, simple as that’ could see the essence of the project in 20 minutes.’ And is Alsop the same? ‘Well I Alsop’s architectural heroes are Le approach to architecture can broadly be - but he still thinks of himself as very defined by his statement: ‘I like people. I don’t think there’s any rules. Some things Corbusier, Sir John Soane, Mies van der much an English architect and spends as hope it shows.’ take longer but sometimes you do see very Rohe and John Vanbrugh, which shows much time thinking about, say, Croydon quickly what you can do. And of course a typical eclecticism. I tried to goad him (‘Croydon is pregnant with opportunity’) the older you get, the quicker - not always into being snide about some of his British as Yonkers, New York, where he is but often - because you have a whole body contemporaries, especially Foster and converting a disused power plant into a of stuff to draw from.’ He has an equally Rogers, but he said, No, they all have their residential tower with shops, museum brisk approach to site inspections. When good points, and he likes the fact that so and swimming pool. I asked how long he spent familiarising many different styles can co-exist. ‘With himself with a site before designing for architecture today there’s no predominant He has more projects on the go than it, he said, ‘Oh, sometimes five minutes. style or methodology - it’s more open he can actually list - the next one to Some sites you can just drive past if there that it has ever been in history and that’s be opened will probably be ‘Chips’, a are no distinguishing features - as long as a good thing because it allows people residential building which is part of you know where it is and where south is, like Quinlan Terry to do what he does his big master plan for New Islington, that’s enough.’ You need to know where and me to do what I do and others to do Manchester. Isn’t it difficult keeping all south is for the light - in China, he says, what they do, and as long as we all do it these balls in the air? ‘Well, that brings you can’t sell an apartment if it doesn’t well and with commitment, I think that’s into question the business of how you have south light. Is that feng shui? I asked. terrific because it means we get some actually work. At architecture school, ‘No, it’s common sense!’ sort of variety in our towns and cities. It’s generally speaking a group of students the variety that’s important. The most are set a project and given a term to do What he does like doing is consulting dangerous thing for architecture is to have it. And I think this creates the wrong local people about what they want for the a theory, because then it’s all the same.’ mindset, because they’re given 10 or 12 weeks to do a really simple project. area. He devotes much time to holding workshops and asking people what their Unlike most architects, he thinks Prince So then they start doing “research” and town means to them, and what they Charles was right to make his carbuncle getting up late and going to the bar - would like to see there. He believes that speech in 1984 because: ‘It shook things and that’s all right, that’s what being a we all crave civic identity and that that’s up, it brought architecture more into student is all about. what’s missing in much of Britain. ‘I public consciousness. And it was the get them to do all the work and then I beginning of a broadening out, whereas sit down and try to make sense of what before the Modernists had had it all their14 15
  • 9. Le granD bLeU Competition Prizes Marseille, France starting with the second prize for the pompidou Centre in paris (at the age of 23), prof. Will alsop has been distinguished with some of the most prestigious architectural competitions in the last 30 years SeLecTeD ArcHITecTurAL coMPeTITIon PrIzeS 2005 First Prize: Peckham Square, Liverpool, UK 2003 First Prize: Fourth Grace, Liverpool, UK First Prize: Walsall Waterfront, UK 2002 Special Mention: Duxton Plain Public Housing, Singapore 1999 Special Prize: Oslo Opera House, Oslo, Norway 1996 2nd Prize: UK Embassy, Berlin, Germany 1994 Short-listed: Tate Modern, London, UK 1993 1st Prize: Swansea Centre of Literature, Swansea, UK 1991/92 Special Prize: Potsdamer/ Leipziger Platz, Berlin, Germany 1990 1st Prize: Hotel du Département des Bouches-du-Rhone, Marseille, France 1971 2nd Prize: Centre Pompidou, Paris, France Swansea Centre of Literature Tate Modern Cardiff Opera House16 17
  • 10. Exhibitions Moving freely between art and architecture, Will alsop’s work has been the subject of numerous exhibitions in art galleries, architectural centres and biennials 2007 Towards…, Chelsea Space, London Jack in the Box, Finland Bradford, MoMA New York Future City, The Barbican, London Cultural Fog, Olga Korper Gallery, Toronto Bathing Beauties, The Hub:National Centre for Craft & Design, Lincolnshire Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, London Creative Prisons, Touring exhibition 2005 Supercities, Urbis, Manchester Groundswell; MoMA, New York City Picture a City, Bradford Masterplan film by Squint Opera 2004 Middlehaven Masterplan, Venice Biennale 2002 Malagarba Works, Will Alsop & Bruce McLean: Milton Keynes Gallery All Barnsley Might Dream, Venice Biennale Beauty, Joy & the Real, Sir John Soane Museum, London 2001 Not Architecture, Aedes East Gallery, Berlin 2000 Venice Biennale National Institute of Architecture (NAI), Rotterdam 1998 Alsop Paintings & Architecture, Architekturgalerie,Stuttgart 1997 River of Dreams, Mayor Gallery, London 1996 Exhibition of Paintings, Beatrix Gallery, London 1995 Exhibition of Paintings, Westcliffe Gallery, Norfolk Exhibition of Paintings, The Mayor Gallery, London 1994 Exhibition of Paintings, Galerie Lilli Bock, Hamburg 1992 Selected Projects Exhibition, Aedes Gallery, Berlin Arc en Rêve, Hôtel du Département, Marseilles, Bordeaux 1991 Fluid Forms/Fluid Functions, Edinburgh 1987 Bridge/Beam/Floor/Roof, The Architecture Centre, Bremen 1985 Paris Biennale Exhibition 1975 Five Young Architects Exhibition, Artnet Gallery, London 1974 Forty London Architects Exhibition, Artnet Gallery, London Group Exhibition: Fruit Market, Edinburgh 1973 Radical Architecture Exhibition, Padua 1969 Two Man Exhibition, Compendium Gallery18 19
  • 11. in masterplanning, the process is key. eS T Ry en Di Bo ST M ours starts with painting and e Du ag Design vision T en in drawing, but it mainly pivots on an y rs eM iT & M bringing on board the recipients un ie R s Rn oR nT o pL F M CT of the work, i.e. the current or ve aF Initial costing of ideas/ ni M ie p Se sU go ST Co CL Se concept and check future users of the area. against budget wORkiNg wiTh STakehOldeRS WiLL painTing and they are brought on board Concept X… by participating in a series of structured workshops where SMC ALSOP ROOM DS Showing the architectural concepts different themes are explored. to the stakeholders, and refining them based on shared learning about the project, discovery, testing the ideas –– ReFineMenT & DeveloPMenT oF The iDeaS –––> The end result is largely against the brief, and the evolution of dependent on successfully WiLL painTing the brief itself engaging all stakeholders in Will and his collaborators …Concept Z this process of discovery – turn the paintings into understanding their concerns, architectural concepts fostering their dreams and making them part of the solution. ultimately, the final outcome – the plan – must come from the strategy team leading the project, as no clear vision and leadership can truly come out WiLL painTing from a complete consensus, but it is through this process …Concept y… of talking, discussing, arguing, sharing and enjoying together Consultants that the solutions to complex scenarios unravel. Learning about the project WorKshops Dialogue and input from structural engineers, M+E, Meeting, talking, drawing, writing, acoustics, landscape, etc meeting with the client, discussing, laughing with the will inform and shape the visiting the site, evolving design concepts the city and region, stakeholders research, meeting and understanding all the WiLL painTing Collaboration with other designers, artists, stakeholders poets… MaSTeR WiLL painTing20 pLanning 21
  • 12. 1 Canopy, Spinningfields, Manchester 2 westside Sales office, Toronto 3 Florist kiosk, Manchester 4 Service pod for Hotel Abu Dhabi 5 Bungalow hotel room, Spain 6 Sculpture by Alsop & McLean 7 Kiosk in Carlsbad, Checz Republic 8 Restaurant & viewing platform, gao Yang, 1 Shanghai 2 9, 11 Meeting rooms in the Blizzard Building, London 8 9 10 11 as part of our architectural work, a number of what have become ‘street creatures’ have taken a life of their own, and are increasingly being developed and manufactured as independent multi-use facilities. 3 eT ureS re AT ST re 12 c 13   Table & Counter Table & Seatin 5 Kitchen 14 15 Lounge seating & bench 10 Rough Luxe Hotel, London 12 Market stalls in Masdar City, Abu Dhabi 13 Phollie in Pha Tad Ke, Laos 14 Hotel room pod, Spain 15 Juice Bar, Manchester 16 Café, Jersey Islands 17 Cardiff Bay Visitors’ Centre 4 6 7 16 1722 23
  • 13. I believe in less talking, more drawing and painting. Get people to sit down and show you the way they see a building, work with them, develop the ideas, show them yours. Design is an exploratory process, like painting. As you work, the concept emerges – you must never come with a preconception of the way it should look. ART art is an integral part of our architecture – is there Our London studio has its own art space, Testbed1, at the inception of a project, in the exploration of the first in a series of physical spaces that will work as the architectural object through paintings, and platforms for experimentation and for convergence of accompanying the design process, whether in more the arts. paintings, films, or poetry24 25
  • 14. SELECTED PROJECTS Mixed use Retail environments residential hospitality Commercial property restoration Transport public buildings energy healthcare Cultural buildings urban intervention Master planning26 27
  • 15. gao yangshanghai, Chinashanghai port international CruiseTerminal – urban design & mixedused developmentWill Alsop was appointed by theShanghai Port International CruiseTerminal to develop proposals forthe gao Yang site. alsop reviewed theprevious masterplan proposal, andexplored and put forward interventionsfor consolidating and enriching thismasterplan.will alsop has co-ordinated withthe other design team disciplines:structural, mechanical and electricalprinciples as well as supportinginformation relating to traffic analysis,fire, structure, facade engineering andlighting design.gao Yang is a prestigious site,prominently located along the HuangpuRiver, to the north of the Bund incentral Shanghai. A generous site,approximately 68,000m2 in area,bounded by the Daming Road to thenorth, Gong Ping Road to the east andgao Yang to the west – a site for a newInternational Cruise Terminal beingcurrently developed with Phase Two.The development of the gao Yang siterepresents a significant contributionto the diversity of Shanghai, and willbe seen as a catalyst for stimulatingthe regeneration of the surroundingdistrict. gao Yang introduces a richmix of uses, combining working, livingand leisure activities – ingredientsnecessary to create a vibrant urbandistrict. These activities are set in thecontext of a public park overlooking thewaterfront. Location Shanghai, China Client Shanghai Port International Cruise Terminal Development Size 68,000 m2 Year Phase 1 due 2009 Phase 2 due 201028 29
  • 16. RaFFleS CiTybeijing, ChinaDepartment store and hotelRaffles City Beijing, a key component ofan expanding global brand, developed,owned and operated by CapitaLand, islocated at the junction of dongzhimenNeidajie and Beijing’s 2nd Ring Road.The site is at the heart of Beijing’sbusiness district and sits on one of thecity’s most important crossroads.The organization of the buildingcomponents is designed to bestraightforward, well-connectedand clearly expressed. There arefour components: the retail podium,residential apartments, the BeijingAscott serviced residence, and thecommercial office tower.The retail podium with its 5-storeysweeping day-lit enclosure andglass ‘Crystal lotus’ is the definingcenterpiece of Raffles City, andcombined with the office lobby’stessellated glass envelope is astatement of the project’s ambitionand commitment to excellence indesign and construction.Client Capitaland China HoldingSize 150,000 m2Project Status Completed in 2009Skills Architecture30 31
  • 17. peTer jonesLondon, UKDepartment storeScott Lawrie led this successful designand on site renovation whilst at hisprevious practice, John McAslanand Partners. This Grade II listeddepartment store is located in SloaneSquare, one of the most prestigiousshopping areas of London.Further to this he subsequentlyinitiated and prepared the schemefor the redevelopment of the PeterJones depository into a mixed usedevelopment which included retailunits, social housing and high end flatsfor sale. As well as improved buildingservices and operational facilities,Scott worked to preserve the building’smuch-loved and distinctive form.The project, completed in three phasesbetween 2002 and 2005, allowedoperational continuity throughout theworks, and drew strong praise from theclient and key authorities.The Royal Fine art Commission saidthat “the John Lewis Partnership andthe architects are to be congratulatedfor putting together a scheme whichrespects the integrity of the PeterJones Building whilst adapting it sothat it can trade more effectively as adepartment store.”Client John Lewis PartnershipSkills Architecture32 33
  • 18. Chips Manchester, uk residential development New islington, Manchester’s Millennium Community, is situated between the Ashton and Rochdale canals on the Northern edge of Manchester City Centre. Launched in 2002, alsop’s Strategic Framework for New islington, lays out an exceptional place, modelled around new canal arms and an inspiring landscape. Commissioned by Urban Splash in 2002, Chips presents the first new apartments for sale in New islington and was inspired by three fat chips piled on top of one another. The Chips building comprises three equalheight, long, thin new build masses (Chips) approximately 100m long by 14m wide stacked and staggered upon one another creating an elevated ground floor and eight levels comprising 142 one, two and three bedroom apartments. The building is clad in a composite wall faced with a cladding covered in newspaper print with text that echoes the industrial heritage of the Ancoats area. The design provides a mix of living and studio units and commercial space within a single project. The project defines a quality of living by combining outstanding design with technological innovation while embracing key concepts of sustainability, integration into the urban landscape and the provision of inspirational and sensational apartment units. The building’s apartment types range from studio spaces to 3-bed apartments. There is also a variety of differing external balconies. The apartments are planned internally around a central ‘pod’ unit, housing the bathroom and kitchen areas. The apartments can be open plan or sub-divided by the use of large folding screens. Location Manchester, Uk Client Urban Splash Contract Value £20 million Size 16,200 m² Year Completed 200934 35
  • 19. FuSion QuaRTeRMasdar City, abu Dhabiresidential development and urbandesignThe Fusion Quarter neighbourhood,within the Masdar City developmentin Abu Dhabi, will be developed in sixphases and consists of 240,000m2 gfaresidential/mixed use neighbourhoodwith a strong emphasis on leisure andrecreational facilities, thus providing anoptimal work-life balance.a carbon-neutral community, theFusion Quarter will be a welcomingenvironment for an internationalpopulation where all cultures will berepresented through the retail andleisure offering, making the area a focalpoint for the whole of Masdar City.The unique selling point of thisneighbourhood is that all aspects ofdaily life, for both the professionaland their families, has been carefullyconsidered; this quality-orientatedliving experience will be a key retainingpoint and will help prospective businesstenants build a competitive and stablework force in the region.Utilizing a cost-efficient modularconstruction methodology, the designstrikes a balance between ease ofconstruction and diversity of offer,through a sophisticated systemof building components and roommodules that can be arranged in a widearray of combinations. Location Masdar City, Abu Dhabi Client abu dhabi Future energy Company Contract Value £480 million Size 240,000 m² gFa Year ongoing36 37
  • 20. alMeRealmere, hollandhotel and urban entertainmentcentreThe “polder city” of Almere, close toamsterdam, has grown up as a low-rise development along the lines ofthe English garden cities. Althoughthe residential areas of Almere areattractive, the settlement lacks a real“heart” and the lack of local amenitiesencourages people to commute toAmsterdam for entertainment. Almerehas, however, something of a traditionof encouraging bold and innovativearchitecture and this has underpinnedmoves to transform the central area.In line with the developmentmasterplan for Almere, whichenvisages a process of “intensification”for the city centre, Alsop havedesigned a 16,000 m2 waterfrontentertainment centre. Completed in2003, the Centre consists of a familyof buildings grouped around a newsquare and elevated 4m on a unifyingpodium, which covers a parking area.Varied in form, the buildings use avariety of materials to create a richnew urban landscape. At the heart ofthe development is the Pop Zaal, itsreinforced concrete structure clad inpre-weathered zinc and steel mesh. Thefour storey hotel, in contrast, is clad incedar boarding, while the retail centreis metal clad. The square itself is alively place, with cafes and restaurants,attractive in all seasons. Completion 2003 Size 16,000 m2 Client MAB Groep BV38 39
  • 21. viCToria hoUseLondon, UKremodelling of grade ii listedbuildingLocated between the GeorgianBloomsbury Square, close to the BritishMuseum, and the busy SouthamptonRow, Victoria House is monumentallyClassical in style (though steelframed) and contains some impressiveinteriors, particularly its entrancelobbies and staircases. The buildingwas considered as the headquarters forthe new Greater London Authority. Thearchitects’ brief was to create a largespace for the client, garbe Uk as wellas lettable offices to modern standardsand ancillary areas.The scheme balances preservationand innovation. Working with thelocal planning authority (lB Camden)and English Heritage, the architectsidentified interiors of historic interest,which have been carefully retained andrestored. In terms of core commercialaccommodation, the building hasbeen substantially remodelled. Twofull floors of offices have been added,and former circulating areas such asthe central tower altered to provideadditional office space. The internallightwells have been remodeled asenvironmentally controlled atria with‘pod’ meeting rooms suspended in thespace. daylight has been maximized toby the removal of existing glazed brickwalls to the lightwells and replacementwith glass curtain walling. Cantileveringthe floor beyond the existing line hasmeant an increase in area for the mainoffice levels. Obsolete lifts have beenremoved and new ones provided atthe centre of the building, improvingvertical circulation and creating a moreflexible floor plate.At ground level, a new retail areaand shop frontage is added on theSouthampton Row elevation, and ainternal loading bay accessed from amodified entrance in the BloomsburySquare facade. A health club isaccommodated in the basement, andthe ballroom, with its striking listed artdeco interior, utilised as a restaurant.The external appearance of the buildinghas changed very little, though theopen arcade on Southampton Row hasbeen reinstated with the removal ofshop units built in during the 1950s. Completed 2003 Contract Value £50 million Client garbe Uk ltd40 41
  • 22. hainanhaikou, ChinaResidential, hotel, office and retaildevelopmentIn a hot and steamy summer day inhaikou, the hainan Trade Plaza hotelatrium provide people a fantastic sunshelter and cooling place that allowsthem to do many interesting activities,the concept of “water” is well presentedof its fluid, flowing and moving nature.People are free to move and interactand the atmosphere should bemoderately busy but fairly relaxed.The atrium encourages multi levelledand functional interactions. Thesemi-open aired space enclosed bythe glass stripes provides the shading,natural ventilation and a social venuefor people who are here on differentpurpose.For people arriving for work, the 5metre high water walls at east side ofthe site shape the grand gateway whichleading them to the express escalators.The escalators soar up to the floatinglobby that divert them to differentoffice zones via vicarious expressdouble deck lifts with high speed andefficiency.For guests arriving to stay at 5* hotel,the entry locates at west side of thebuilding; it also offers hotel’s owndedicated express escalator that landguests at the same level at the floatinglobby, they will be met by courteoushotel staff then shown to the 3 sets ofhotel exclusive express escalator whichwill take them to the hotel reception at52nd floor.For people who come here for a bitof fun, exploring, shopping or justmeandering, they will face abundantoptions! One can feel being spoiledfor choices: the internal space runsup almost 40 metres high, the centralspiral ramps wrapped around thecentre core gently directing flow fromtop to bottom. For people who knowthis place better than others, they maychoose to take a lift up to the top oframp and walk their way down as thereare many different shaped, colouredpods/objects projecting from the ramp;ramp is like an internal shopping streetthat offers people different options andchoices for stopover; they may go toVarious restaurants, ice-cream shops,cafes, and even cinema!Landscape element is also introducedinto the space, the central reflectivepool echoes the surrounding andlandscape objects such as landscapeshelves and cones punctuate the spaceand bring the nature to the inside. Location Haikou, China Client New City Construction Development Co Ltd. Haikou Contract Value £20 million Size 223,000 m² Present Stage Competition42 43
  • 23. CLarKe qUay singapore Mixed use development alsop’s first major project in asia, a dramatic redevelopment of the river front district of Clarke Quay in Singapore, is succeeding in drawing tourists and locals back to the historic waterfront. Developed by Capitaland, the Sgd88million (approx. £30.6million) mixed use scheme, designed to increase commercial and leisure activities, gives the riverfront area a new identity and re-positions Clarke Quay as a vibrant and attractive destination. Crucial to the success of the project has been the architect and engineer’s ingenious manipulation of the site’s micro climate through the design of a distinctive and sophisticated shading/cooling system that provides the quayside with tremendous visual interest and environmental benefit. Following a steady decline since its heyday servicing bustling trade on the Singapore river, and an unsuccessful conventional gentrification of the heritage site in the 1980s, Alsop was appointed in 2002 with a brief to rejuvenate the prominent three hectare diamond shaped site. For alsop the challenge was to provide a new lease of life not just by developing an attractive re-design of the streetscape and waterfront but also to address the perennial climate problem – and to find ways to mitigate against the Singapore ambient temperature and heavy rainfall – without resorting to the traditional scenario of creating an internal air conditioned mall. The first phase of the waterfront revival, which was completed in March 2006, has effected a total transformation of the area’s ambience, activity and appearance through the redevelopment of three main areas: the riverfront, the streets and River Valley Road. Area 33,000 m2 Location Singapore Client Capitaland Present stage Complete Total cost of building £20 million44 45
  • 24. Queen MaRy London, uK School of Medicine and Dentistry for Queen Mary, university of london In Autumn 2000 Alsop were commissioned to develop a new 9,000 m2 School of Medicine and dentistry for Queen Mary, University of London, at their Whitechapel campus. The brief was to create a new environment for research staff and students which would stimulate the exchange of information between departments, physically opening up the school and engendering new clarity in its workings. The Alsop response was to create a building in which individual departments were placed within the structure to be identifiable to each other and from the school’s exterior. Sight lines are provided from the street into every level including lower-ground laboratories and open spaces within the plan form an amenity for the users as well as providing pedestrian access across the site. The forms, suspended within the glass rectangle, house seminar and teaching spaces as well as offices; the central tenet of transparency for the college and its operations, and the hope that the forms within the structure will be shared with a broader community of local schools and other users, prompts the use of amorphous forms and bright colours, eliciting interest and enthusiasm from outside the building as well as within. Traditional research laboratory design tends to isolate the scientific research functions. The unique interaction between research departments and public facilities at The Blizard Building has only been achieved through the detailed consultation with representatives of the scientists user groups, who have actively engaged in the design process and project aspirations of cross-fertilisation and interaction. Completion 2005 Client Queen Mary & westfield College Contract value £34m Awards 2009 The Chicago Athenaeum, International Architecture Award / 2006 RIBA Education London Award / 2006 Civic Trust award / 2005 leaf award, Best Use of Technology within a Large Scheme46 47
  • 25. langFang China Theatre complex The brief for this project called for an iconic cultural platform for the city to compete with nearby Beijing. The master plan is to include a cluster of galleries, museums and hotels around the central theatre. The concept for this design is based upon the notion that “life revolves around the theatre, the theatre is placed in the centre of ordinary things, life in ordinary things is theatre.” Centring the theatre spatially in the site to allow life to revolve around it, involved raising it into the air so that the park could flow underneath around a covered, shaded performance space. This also creates a sculpture within the park- a four-legged shiny element, unique to it’s surroundings. This proposed main theatre building contains three theatres – the main 2,000-seat theatre, an 800-seat multifunction one and 500-seat children theatre The main theatre was carefully designed to be able to change layout to suit a standard, central or 270 degree stage. Meanwhile, the public main foyer shared by the three theatres and the back stage technical and personnel areas are also located in this main building. The building is accessed via one of the four legs. From the ground level entrance, visitors take escalators directly up to the main public foyer which acts as a social space and offers views of the area. A ring of retail surrounds the building with a linear park on it’s roof, ideal for weddings and functions with immediate access to the horn-shaped restaurants above. an access ramp and a lift for full-size articulated lorries are provided within the rear two legs. This would be the largest theatre in the world where stage sets, performance-related equipments as well as general building services equipments can be delivered direct to the backstage area. The façade of the main theatre building is designed using a modular plywood rainscreen cladding system. These panels sit onto a steel lattice secondary structure. glazed panels can be substituted where necessary, and PV panels will be attached to the South side onto the plywood. Although freeform in appearance, this system uses a careful pattern of three different clusters, These are arranged strategically to suit the curve of the sculptural theatre architecture. Area 150,000 m2 Location Langfang, China Client City of Langfang Present stage Competition entry – third place Total cost of building £250 million48 49
  • 26. CarnegieLeeds, UKCricket pavilion, media centre andteaching facilityThe Carnegie Pavilion is a unique‘dual-use’ higher education and sportsfacility that will be occupied all yearround. It is at one and the same time:a university faculty expanding beyondthe campus and embedding itselfwithin the surrounding community,within a working sports ground; andsports facility housing applied highereducation – a ‘new paradigm inlearning’.leeds Metropolitan Universityentered into a unique partnership withYorkshire County Cricket Club (YCCC)to not only enable the delivery of theCarnegie Pavilion, but also to providemutual benefits for both organisations,enhancing higher education, sportand the all round sustainability of thedevelopment.The Carnegie Pavilion willaccommodate Leeds Met’s Schoolof Tourism, Hospitality and Events(The), where students will benefitfrom direct exposure to real lifesporting events and hospitality. Thedevelopment incorporates a full-scaleteaching kitchen as well as lecturetheatres and faculty offices. Studentsof digital journalism will also be basedin the building, and will work handson with the hi-tech facilities of thenew media centre, designed to meetthe latest standards for both TV andradio broadcasting. The dual-use 150seat auditorium for example, on majormatch days, converts into a 100 seatpress box for cricket journalists, withuninterrupted views of the cricketaction.Co-occupation of the building(over 70% of the rooms have beendesigned for ‘dual-use’) dramaticallyreduces its running costs, as well asits carbon footprint, when comparedwith two separate buildings. Indeed,the Carnegie Pavilion has achievedBREEAM ‘Excellent’ standard whilstcomplying with ECB cricketingrequirements including the southfacing glazed wall providinguninterrupted sightlines.Location leeds, UkClient leeds Metropolitan University/Yorkshire County Cricket ClubFacility Sports pavillion, media centre andeducational facilityCompletion 2010Size 4,000 m²50 51
  • 27. ZhUhaiChinaMuseum complexThis is a new destination, set in a parkfull of flowers and ponds, where loverscan walk together. The museum ‘cloud’provides cool shade to the park below,creating a place for friends and familyto meet and mingle.The main entrance ramp leads visitorsfrom the park to the base of theMuseum ‘hill’. above this new horizon,visitors marvel at the array of CityMuseum gallery forms. Below it, andconnected by a series of escalators,is the Urban Planning halls and Citymodel.A series of openings in the Hill providenatural light and create stunning viewsof the exhibition spaces below. A petalroof canopy supported by a scattering 设备与管理用房 中央控制中心 展览设计 Equipment 制作室of columns unites the museum as one. & Technical Central Control Exhibition Management Design 会议室 Meeting Room 专业研究室 生态城市体验区a cool breeze circulates through Restoration Studio Biological City Experimentthe lace work of petals, with rays of 模型库房 城市历程展区 规划公示、查询厅sunshine forming carefully constructed Model Storage City History & Planning Display Developmentpools of light accross the HIll. 规划馆之友 Friends of Exhibition Hall 总体规划展区 总体规划大模型展区A free form lattice of walkways connect General Planning Large Model Exhibition Hall 规划资料库房the City Museum galleries together, Planning Material Storagea place where vistors never follow 序厅 Introduction Hallone route, an adventure for people to 市政交通基础设施规划展区 City Infrastructure 接待厅become lost in the past, present and Reception 专项规划展区 Theme Exhibitionfuture of Zhuhai.This place is a 24hr wonderland, somewhere one can visit as many times asone likes – every time is different, everytime leaves a memory to remember. 管理 Administration /1000 m2 展厅 Exhibition Hall 展厅 展厅 Exhibition Hall Exhibition Hall /3000 m2 展厅 珠海历史基本陈列厅 Exhibition Hall History Exhibition Hall /2550 m2 展厅 Exhibition Hall 展厅 Exhibition Hall 展厅 Exhibition Hall 平台 TerraceLocation Zhuhai, China 门厅Client Zhuhai Jiuzhou Tourism group Entrance Hall/Public Area / 1500 m2Contract Value £59 millionSize 48,400 m²Year 201052 53
  • 28. paLesTraLondon, UKa commercial development atblackfriarsPalestra is alsop’s first contributionto the rapidly developing Banksidequarter, south of the Thames. Theopening of the Tate Modern and bettercommunications – the Jubilee LineExtension and Alsop’s forthcomingThameslink 2000 station at Blackfriars(with links to Luton and Gatwickairports) – make this potentially oneof the most dynamic cultural andcommercial growth points of London.The key idea of this bold speculativecommercial scheme is the provision ofbig, straightforward and highly flexiblefloor plates, which can be used in openplan or cellular formats. The buildingtakes the form of a raised box, withretail and restaurant space at groundlevel, where public routes penetrate thedevelopment. The offices are arrangedin two distinct planes, separated by anopen level of ‘social space’ .The appearance of the buildingbelies its basically simple diagram.The facades make use of the mostadvanced glazing technology, withbenefits not only in terms of workingenvironment and climatic controlsbut equally for the public. The glazingincorporates a bold abstract patternthat is impermeably bonded into theindividual glass sheets – and thusbecomes a huge artwork challengingthe idea that speculative officespace need be visually boring orenvironmentally negative. Client Blackfriars Investment Ltd/Royal London Asset Management Size 37,400 m2 Contract Value £70 million Completed 2006 Awards 2007 RiBa National award 2007 RiBa Commercial Building Prize for the London Region 2007 Structural Steelwork Awards, commendation54 55
  • 29. norTh greenWiCh London, UK Underground station North greenwich Station has been acclaimed as perhaps the most striking of the twelve stations on London Underground’s £3.5 billion Jubilee Line Extension – probably the greatest single programme of architectural patronage in post-war Britain. as the gateway to the Millennium Dome and with its associated bus link, the station has now become one of the most heavily used on the line. It is also one of the largest and forms an integrated transport interchange serving a wide area of south-east london, serving the Millennium Village and other developments on the peninsula. The context for the scheme was a cleared site, with no existing buildings: the site for the station was determined by the alignment of the line, which crosses the Thames twice between Canary Wharf and Canning Town. The scheme as built provided for a cut-andcover approach, with the station totally enclosed by a ‘lid’ – with provision for a subsequent ‘air rights’ development. The dynamic form of the station is memorable and provides a clear and comprehensible diagram – a prime objective in all JLE stations and a sharp contrast to the confined and confusing spaces of most older Underground stations. Equally memorable is the bold use of colour. Blue mosaic coats the main columns, while deep blue glass is used as a wall cladding. These precise finishes contrast with the exposed concrete and suspended services of the roof. As large as any mainline station, it explores older traditions in station design to create a building which mixes clarity of purpose with rich allusion and metaphor to create a point of arrival for a new quarter of London. Completion 1998 Client london Underground Contract value £110m Awards 2000 BCIA Award 2000 RIBA Civic and Community Architecture Award 1999 RiBa Stirling Prize Short-list 1999 Concrete Society56 57
  • 30. oCaD ontario, canada College of art and Design A distinctive cultural force in Ontario, OCAD’s impetus to expand comes with a growing recognition at national level of the contribution of the creative industries to Canada’s modern economy. The decision to employ alsop was based upon a significant track record in the design of cultural buildings of enduring effectiveness and appeal which also offered iconic representation of the client body as the school enters a new age. Following the appointment, will alsop instigated a series of client workshops in which early concepts were developed with college staff and students. During this time, conventional ideas of teaching, learning and architecture were explored as the group sought to redefine their new college of art and design. The participants exchanged sketches and ideas that lead to the development of a basic strategy. These original ideas are embodied in the final scheme, a flying, translucent rectangle or ‘table top’ vividly patterned with a colourful pixellated skin, raised eight storeys from the ground and housing the new Faculty of design. The project unifies the existing brick structures beneath the ‘table top’, the park to the west and McCaul Street to the east. Views to the park are preserved for OCAD’s neighbours across McCaul Street, who participated in the consultation process. The park will also benefit from the area’s regeneration and, restored, will be the home to contemporary sculpture and school events. Programming works in collaboration with OCAD and Alsop have accommodated all the elements of a complex client group. In addition to the teaching and administrative spaces the project also incorporates gallery spaces, design and research centres, lounge and meeting rooms, specific craft and metalwork workshops and design critique spaces. The college satisfies its aspirations to revive a neglected area of town by inviting in the public to visit galleries and cafe spaces in the new building. OCAD contributes distinctive design and revived public areas, internal and external to this quarter of the city. Location Toronto, Canada Client Ontario College of Art and Design (OCad) Size 7,800m2 Year 2004 Skills Architecture58 59
  • 31. PeCkhaMLondon, UKpublic library and media centrePeckham Library won Britain’s mostcelebrated architectural award, theStirling Prize, in November 2000.The brief called for a building ofarchitectural merit which would bringprestige to the borough and engendera sense of ownership and pride for thebuilding by local people. Will Alsopcreated a building of uniqueappearance which satisfied bothcriteria, comprising innovatorysolutions to design problems, creatingworking, archive and meeting spacesof genuine delight and stimulatingappearance.Suspending the main reading roomon a cantilevered plane allowedthe creation of a new public spacebelow the soffit. within this room,‘pods’ contain meeting roomsand independent collections, withworkstations clustered below.The brief included a children’s libraryand a range of adult learning facilities.The centre pod opens to the clerestory,allowing daylight to enter the mainspace while the ‘beret’ above affordsshade. The library was conceived withsustainability in mind and has naturallighting and ventilation systems whichsignificantly diminish the building’senergy requirements.Location london, UkClient London Borough of SouthwarkContract Value £6 millionSize 2,300 m260 61
  • 32. ReeM iSlanD al reem island, abuaDhabi Urban design Al Reem Island, previously referred to as ‘Abu Al Shuoom’, ‘The Pearl’ and ‘Emirates Pearl Island’, is a residential, commercial and business project to be built on the natural island of Al Reem Isle, located off the northeastern coast of Abu Dhabi city. The development will be connected to the Abu Dhabi city island by two or three bridges and located 20 minutes from the Abu Dhabi International Airport. Al Reem Island will cover an area of 633 hectares (68 million ft2) and is being built by 3 developers – Tamouh Investments, Sorouh and Al Reem Investments. The development will be overseen by an independent third-party facilities management company known as Bayt Al Khidma, who will ensure all three Reem Island developers meet the high standards of construction. The island is expected to accommodate 280 thousand residents and will include important amenities like schools, medical clinics, shopping malls, restaurants, a 27-hole golf course, hotels, resorts, spas, gardens, and beaches. In 2009, Will Alsop was invited to propose a vision for the Najmat area. Currently his office are working up part of that proposal into detail design stage. The boardwalk stretches from the vehicular bridge to the West to the marina to the East. With its natural, wild landscape it offers a different experience from the rest of the masterplan. It will be a romantic destination with attractors such as the juice bars and oyster bar. Around the perimeter of the marina outdoor dining tables are cantilevered on platforms over the water’s edge. These tables are sheltered by large petal canopies which offer shading and cooling to create a pleasant outdoor environment which animates the marina edge day and night. The Marina is the focal point of the Masterplan. It features a multipurpose, kinetic stage which can vary in height for different performances and rotates to form a projection screen for open air shows. To the north of the stage raked seating platforms provide dedicated seating for open air performances. Location Abu Dhabi Client Al Reem Investments Contract Value Confidential Size 633 hectares Year 2009-ongoing62 63
  • 33. ThirD CiTyCroydon, UKMasterplanCommissioned by Croydon Counciland developed following an extensiveconsultation exercise, Will Alsop’svision for Croydon addresses the majorissues of both the built environmentand the public realm, and how theseaffect the economic and cultural healthof the town. His proposals offer arevitalised cityscape that realisesthe community’s aspirations andCroydon’s potential to becomeLondon’s Third City.The key elements of the vision arecentred around bringing residentialaccommodation into the heart ofthe town centre where it is currentlylacking, revitalising Croydon’skey retail offer which is central toCroydon’s success, and subsequentlyrepositioning the commercial/officemarket in central Croydon. In addition,a key feature of Will Alsop’s proposalis to improve the quality of the publicrealm and alter the perception ofCroydon’s town centre by introducingadditional green spaces and integratingexisting underused green spaces. Thevision aims to capitalise on the existingswell of developer interest in Croydon’stown centre.Central to the Vision is breaking downthe barriers to pedestrian movementcurrently created by the busy road andrail systems that dominate the towncentre. Through a series of bold butconsidered rationalisations, significantland will become available, facilitatingthe introduction of new commercial,retail and residential developmentalongside a varied public realm ofsquares, parks and landscaping.Dramatically improving the quality ofthe environment for the pedestrianthroughout the centre of the town is acrucial component of the proposals.As the town centre environmentimproves, so Croydon will berejuvenated by the introduction ofgreen spaces and water. In bringingthe submerged River Wandle to thesurface; in redeveloping the massivefootprint of the Whitgift shoppingcentre; in the arrival of Universitystatus and the construction of itscampus; and with the commitmentof the town to the design anddevelopment of architecture of quality,Croydon will emerge as an influential,desirable and vibrant city.Location Croydon, UkClient Croydon CouncilSize 9 km264 65
  • 34. BRaDFoRDBradford, uKMasterplanAlsop’s work with the BradfordCentre Regeneration team created anopportunity to let Bradford breathewith quality open space that optimisesBradford’s existing fine qualities, viewsand built inheritance.Of the scheme, Will Alsop says‘Bradford has the topography to allowevery citizen to wake up to a view-- both physical and mental. Theircollective ambition can create a placedof extraordinary difference.’In terms of planning, the teamapproached Bradford from theperspective of having not a singlecentre but multiple centres ofinterest. The team identified the manycommunities which comprise Bradfordand give it its quality of difference. Agrid of 64 x 1km squares was laid overthe city in plans, and in each was foundthe kernel of an experience, event oractivity. Suitably promoted, thesesquares constitute a ‘new tourist map’for Bradford, providing somewhereto meet, something to see, do, sell orbuy. Emphatically each will containsomething that people outside theneighbourhood might want to visit. Andpeople inside the neighbourhood canbe proud of. Views and site lines are asimportant as actual new structures.Many of these spaces already exist andare just hidden.Client Bradford Centre RegenerationContract value £50 millionCompletion 200466 67
  • 35. People + Places our network of offices manage the territories in which we are currently active: north america, europe, Middle east and China. each of these offices is lead by architects with a proven track record in design, client and project management, and delivery of built projects. The senior team is formed by a group of experienced professionals with an in-depth knowledge in their specialized field; however, their common factor is a capacity to embrace and integrate in their own work the rest of the design disciplines practised by aLL. Through our network of strategic partners – all of Time whom have worked extensively with us – we are able to provide our services thoughout the world. spent with no specific intent, time as privilege, FaR eaST time without, Chongqing time to explore, International HQ norTh eUrope+ time to sit, Lillian Cai aMeRiCa M.eaST time to stop, Toronto London time to go beyond, time of pleasure… Will Alsop Scott Lawrie aTLas Far east ibi North america pLaneT b3 India68
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