The Stones The internal accommodation is arranged with the living area and master bedroom suite at first floor; a first-floor cantilever balcony hovers over the dunes, overlooking the beach and the Channel beyond. A private terrace is located at mezzanine level and additional bedrooms at ground floor in a more intimate setting below the dunes. The seafront elevation highlights the double-height living area with its large truncated triangular window facing the sea. The inclined profile of the living space with external timber cladding echoes the inverted hulls of ships which feature constantly on the horizon.
Canada Water Library The idea of a free standing object in space is quite appropriate for a library, since it is a portal to the discovery of other worlds. As a piece of sculpture, this project binds together a tube station, a stretch of open water and a plaza; and makes the precursor landmark of a substantial new development on London’s Canada Water. The inverted pyramid form contains a readily accessible café, performance space, internet points and popular books within the small footprint at ground level, whilst the main library is contained within the single, galleried, skylit double volume expanding space above
Hoola Building The elegant pair of 23 and 24-storey towers sit at the gateway to the Excel Exhibition Centre, demonstrating an efficient plan that maximises views to the southeast and west. The major challenge of the regeneration scheme was the brownfield site; an amorphous shaped island and the product of highway engineering in the 1960s. CZWG’s response to this severance was to raise the ground floor level, shifting the ‘front door’ of the scheme from the lower to the upper Tidal Basin Road thereby helping to create a new street frontage on an otherwise inaccessible piece of infrastructure. The buildings sit on a landscaped hill which covers the single level basement accommodating parking, refuse and plant spaces. The Hoola scheme is born of form and a sense of movement that has long been present at this location. Its shape and orientation have been carefully considered to optimise the aspect and coordination of the towers while minimising overlooking between apartments.
The Curve The Curve is the flagship public building and the key community amenity in the on-going regeneration of Slough’s town centre – ‘The Heart of Slough’. The 4,500m², three-storey, 90m long building, designed by BBLUR architecture in collaboration with CZWG, was conceived as a vibrant community hub accommodating a library, 280 seat performance space, teaching and exhibition space, and meets the Council’s aspirations to consolidate disparate community and Registrar services from across the town centre.
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