RSHP - Projects in the Americas

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Projects in the Americas by RSHP Unified, never uniform, we bring uncommon thinking to building projects of all types and scales.
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Contents Introduction Project Timeline 10 RSHP in the Americas 12 Themes and Principles 14 City + Context 14 Integrity 14 Economy + Delivery 14 Adaptability 15 Community 15 Sustainability 15 Team 22 Selected Projects in the Americas 3 World Trade Center 26 No. 33 Park Row 35 International Spy Museum 40 Atrio 48 Torre BBVA México 54 300 New Jersey Avenue 62 204 S 12 Street Philadelphia 70 30 Bay Street 75 260 Eleventh Avenue 79 Horse Soldier Farms 84 St Lawrence Market North 89 151 East 60th Street 93 Selected Projects Worldwide Residential One Hyde Park 100 Riverlight 102 Commercial The Leadenhall Building 104 International Towers 106 Transportation Terminal 4, Barajas Airport 108 Geneva Airport, East Wing 110 Terminal 5, Heathrow Airport 112 Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge Hong Kong Port - Passenger Clearance Building 114 Cultural British Museum World Conservation and Exhibitions Centre 116 Centre de conservation du Louvre 118 Industrial The Macallan Distillery and Visitor Experience 120 Bodegas Protos 123 Mixed Use Parcs en Scène - Thiais 124 22 Hanover Square 126 One Monte Carlo 128 Health, Life Sciences + Education The Cancer Centre at Guy’s Hospital 131 British Library Extension 132 Campus Palmas Altas 134 Centre Building, London School of Economics 137 H-FARM 139 Masterplanning + Placemaking Madrid Nuevo Norte 140 Montparnasse Masterplan 142 Barangaroo South 144 Civic Bordeaux Law Courts 146 Antwerp Law Courts 148 Senedd Cymru, Welsh Parliament 150
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The practice is led by 10 partners and employs a team of around 180 people in offices in London, Melbourne, New York, Paris, Shanghai, Shenzhen, and Sydney. It comprises architectural staff and in-house specialist support teams including BIM management, 3D visualization, film and model-making.

RSHP brings a wealth of varied architectural experience, working across multiple sectors and diverse project scales. It designs a wide range of building types including office, residential, transport, education, culture, leisure, retail, civic and healthcare as well as masterplan and urban design.

At its heart is a commitment to create and inspire meaningful change. This proposition is anchored in creativity, usability and durability and infused with three core values: sustainability, innovation and putting people at the centre of everything the practice does.

This rigorous design process can be seen in all RSHP’s buildings, including The Leadenhall Building (the practice’s HQ is based on level 14), Centre Building at the London School of Economics, 3 World Trade Center, the Macallan Distillery and Visitor Centre, Cancer Centre at Guy’s Hospital, the British Museum World Conservation and Exhibition Centre, International Towers Sydney and PLACE/Ladywell.

The quality of its designs has been recognised with some of architecture’s highest awards, including two RIBA Stirling Prizes, one in 2006 for Terminal 4, Madrid Barajas Airport and the other in 2009 for Maggie’s West London Centre.

The firm was founded as the Richard Rogers Partnership in 1977 and renamed Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners in 2007 to reflect the vital contributions of Graham Stirk and Ivan Harbour. To mark the next step in the continued evolution of a studio that has earned a reputation for innovation throughout its 40-year history, it was renamed RSHP in 2022.

A written Constitution places the ownership of the practice in the hands of a charity. It has enshrined RSHP’s commitment to sustainability, ethical practice and social good, empowering the practice and people to constantly evolve and develop. The RSHP charity that underpins its corporate structure supports diverse organisations to create positive impact. This includes a staff profit-sharing scheme and significant contributions to charity, with staff members nominating the charities of their choice.

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RSHP is an international architectural practice based in London. Over the past four decades, since the Pompidou Centre in Paris and the Lloyd’s Building in London, the practice has attracted critical acclaim and awards in Europe, the Americas, Asia, and Australia for its inclusive and uplifting architecture.

No site is too constrained, or project too challenging, to unlock the social and commercial value hidden within it.

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Project Timeline

A history of selected projects

Centre Pompidou Paris, France

88 Wood Street London, UK

Broadwick House London, UK

Lloyd’s of London London, UK

Shanghai Masterplan Shanghai, China

Amano Research Laboratories Gifu, Japan

Fleetguard Brittany, France

Europier, Heathrow Airport London, UK

Terminal 4, Barajas Airport Madrid, Spain

Patscenter Laboratories Princeton, USA

Bordeaux Law Courts Bordeaux, France

Antwerp Law Courts Antwerp, Belgium

Billingsgate Market London, UK

VR Techno Plaza Gifu, Japan

Paddington, Waterside London, UK

Reuters Data Centre London, UK

Lloyd’s Register of Shipping London, UK

Senedd Cymru, Welsh Parliament Cardiff, UK

Kabuki-Cho Tower Tokyo, Japan

Montevetro London, UK

Tower Bridge House London, UK

Minami-Yamashiro Elementary School Kyoto, Japan

Las Arenas Barcelona, Spain

Chiswick Park London, UK

Terminal 5, Heathrow Airport London, UK

The Millennium Dome London, UK

The Leadenhall Building London, UK

European Court of Human Rights Strasbourg, France

GRIPS Tokyo, Japan

Channel 4 HQ London, UK

Maggie’s West London London, UK

Ashford Designer Retail Outlet Kent, UK

Mossbourne Community Academy London, UK

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Atrio - Bogota Centro Interancional - Phase 1 Bogota, Colombia
The Richard Rogers’ Drawing Gallery Provence, France
One Monte Carlo Monte Carlo, Monaco
Global Clinic London, UK
Centre de conservation du Louvre Liévin, France
International Spy Museum Washington D.C. , USA
PLACE / Ladywell London, UK
Centre Building at the LSE London, UK
Terminal 1, Lyon-SaintExupery Airport Lyon, France
The Macallan Distillery and Visitor Experience Speyside, UK
Burlington Gate London, UK
Merano London, UK
Hong Kong-ZhuhaiMacao Bridge Hong Kong Port - Passenger Clearance Building Hong Kong, China
International Towers Sydney Sydney, Australia
Ningbo Gateway Ningbo, China
Cancer Centre at Guy’s Hospital London, UK
Riverlight London, UK
BBVA México Tower Mexico City, Mexico
Barangaroo South Masterplan Sydney, Australia
One Park Taipei Taipei, Taiwan
Scandicci Nuovo Centro Civico Scandicci, Italy
Grand Paris Paris, France
British Museum WCEC London, UK
3 World Trade Center New York, USA The Berkeley Hotel London, UK
NEO Bankside London, UK
8 Chifley Sydney, Australia Campus Palmas Altas Seville, Spain
300 New Jersey Avenue Washington, USA Bodegas Protos Peñafiel, Spain
One Hyde Park London, UK
R9 Station Kaohsiung, Taiwan Wembley Masterplan London, UK

RSHP in the Americas

RSHP has been working in the Americas since the early 1980s and has delivered significant projects across North, Central and South America.

The practice is best known for its work on 3 World Trade Center, which, at 1079 feet tall, stands proud on the Manhattan skyline and at the heart of New York City’s Financial District. With its soaring lobby – that provides direct in-building access to the Oculus and its 12 subway lines – 3WTC plays a key role in the revitalization of World Trade Center site.

Also in NYC, and completing in the spring of 2023, is 33 Park Row, a boutique prime residential development on the edge of City Hall Park.

Other recent projects include the International Spy Museum (2019) in Washington D.C., and a whiskey distillery and visitor center for Horse Soldier Bourbon in Somerset, Kentucky.

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1. PatsCenter, New Jersey, USA. Built (1982-1985)

2. International Spy Museum, Washington D.C., USA. Built (2015-2019)

3. Port Authority Bus Terminal, New York, USA. Winning entry (2008)

4. BBVA Bancomer, Mexico City, Mexico. Built (2008-2016)

5. 151 East 60th St. New York, USA. Unbuilt proposal (2015)

6. Jacob K Javits Convention Center expansion and renovation, New York, USA. Proposal (2007)

7. Silvercup West Studios, New York, USA (2002-2006)

8. 1201 K Street, Washington D.C., USA Unbuilt (2006)

9. 300 New Jersey, Washington D.C., USA. Built (2004-2009)

10. 3 World Trade Center, New York, USA. Built (2006-2018)

11. East River Waterfront, New York, USA. Development Study (2004-2005)

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Themes and Principles

We practise architecture to create and inspire meaningful change. The following principles guide our approach to design, forming a continuity and pattern between projects of different scale and typology.

City + Context

RSHP’s contribution to cities is intelligent density, an architecture that is a product of its place, physically, socially and culturally. Our solutions enable old and new buildings to coexist gracefully.


Considered and intentional, we celebrate the act of building and want our places and spaces to be honest, inclusive, inviting and uplifting. Architecture that unites people, rather than creates hierarchies, and is based on a strong and meaningful narrative.

Economy + Delivery

We create elegance and quality through economies of scale and standarised systems. Our solutions include the innovative use of pre-fabricated components.

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We create open-ended, adaptable frameworks with large, well-serviced and well-lit floors. These spaces accommodate multiple activities today and offer the possibility for a long lifespan of a building and a variety of different uses tomorrow.


A building has a footprint that goes far beyond its site boundaries. Architecture has the potential to positively influence life around it. Through engaging with communities, we challenge commonly accepted norms to create unique, bold and meaningful responses that elevate urban quality.


We develop innovative, practical solutions for all our projects which minimise their long-term environmental impact, improve all-round building performance, sustain rather than pollute, and - criticallyare adaptable rather than replaceable.

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Underlying our approach is the importance we attach to people, civic space and neighbourliness.

Our work aims to blur the boundaries between the public and private space, between the inside and outsidewith an aim of activating the street and creating spaces which encourage healthy lifestyles.

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Las Arenas, Barcelona, Spain Hammersmith & Fulham Civic Campus, London, UK International Towers, Sydney, Australia The Leadenhall Building, London, UK NEO Bankside, London, UK
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One Monte Carlo, Monaco Barangaroo South Masterplan, Sydney, Australia New Civic Centre, Scandicci, Florence, Italy 8 Chifley Square, Sydney, Australia Chiswick Park, London, UK Marian Place Bethnal Green, London, UK

Sustainability + Wellness

Our founding constitution was at the forefront of environmentalism. We carry on working closely with our clients, partners and leading industry consultants to design environmentally responsible buildings, biodiverse public spaces and cities for the future that consider the health and wellbeing of the communities they serve.

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BBVA Bancomer Tower, Mexico City, Mexico 2 Redman Place, London, UK The SKYBEAM at IQL, London, UK London School of Economics - Centre Building, London, UK H-FARM, Roncade, Italy Campus Palmas Altas, Seville, Spain
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Maggie’s West London, UK BBVA México Tower, Mexico City, Mexico Barangaroo South Masterplan, Sydney, Australia The Leadenhall Building, London, UK Mossbourne Community Academy, London, UK
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Law Courts, Bordeaux, France Las Arenas, Barcelona, Spain British Museum WCEC, London, UK 260 Eleventh Avenue, New York, USA Billingsgate Market Renovation, London, UK Lloyd’s of London, London, UK

Adaptive Reuse

RSHP is highly experienced at delivering complex, inner-city projects within conservation areas and in proximity to heritage assets.

Where a location is heavily constrained, either physically or by legislation, we pride ourselves in our ability to solve problems and innovate within a tightly regulated environment to unlock the full potential of a site.

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Berkeley Hotel Expansion & Renovation, London, UK Hammersmith Town Hall Extension, London, UK British Museum WCEC, London, UK British Library Extension, London, UK 30 Bay Street (The HUB), Toronto, Canada


RSHP is a practice compromised of over 180 staff, working globally across studios in London, Melbourne, Paris, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Sydney and now New York. The core team with a focus on The Americas includes Georgina Robledo, Dylan Davies, and RSHP partners Simon Smithson and Richard Paul.

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Georgina Robledo

Georgina Robledo is an Associate Partner at RSHP with over 20 years of professional practice leading commercial high-rise as well as the aviation sector projects. From the early days in 2006 with 3 World Trade Center Tower, in NY, to more recent work in Toronto for 30 Bay Street Tower and the new Terminal 3 at Taipei International Airport in Taiwan, her involvement in complex projects has demonstrated her ability to promote creative and successful international collaborations. She is a member of the CTBUH and ULI.

Dylan Davies

As Director of New Business, Dylan works closely with RSHP’s leadership to define and implement the firm’s global new business strategy across all market sectors. In his role, he collaborates with RSHP’s studios worldwide, acting as the nexus of industry intel, project opportunities, and tendering. His core focus is identifying ambitious client groups and talented partners with whom the practice can collaborate to create exceptional projects from a building to a city scale.

Simon Smithson

Simon is a Partner at RSHP with a particular focus on urban design projects. His work is driven by the belief that thoughtful design and planning architecture can contribute to making a city a better place. He has been involved in major projects as diverse as the RIBA Stirling Prize-winning Terminal 4 at Madrid Barajas Airport, the LEED Platinum Campus Palmas Altas Headquarters, and the Madrid Nuevo Norte masterplan covering an area of 568 acres.

Richard Paul

RSHP Partner Richard Paul has led the design of major schemes on both sides of the Pacific. He championed the design of Tower 3 at the World Trade Center in New York and was also the project partner for the Passenger Clearance Building, a strategic facility connecting Zhuhai, Macao, and Hong Kong. Richard is recognized in the industry for his expertise in tall buildings and technical design which he currently brings to bear on a build-to-rent residential tower in Philadelphia and a new commercial tower at 30 Bay Street in downtown Toronto.

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Selected Projects in the Americas

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3 World Trade Center

New York City

The masterplan for the World Trade Center (WTC) site in Manhattan, New York, was designed by Studio Daniel Libeskind and focuses on the 9/11 memorial –two reflecting pools in the centre of the site.

The architectural concept for 3 World Trade Center was realised as part of the wider context of the WTC masterplan, and represents a resolution of the varying requirements of the New York Port Authority and the client, Silverstein Properties.

3 World Trade Center is on a site bounded by Greenwich Street to the west, Church Street to the east, Dey Street to the north and Cortlandt Street to the south. It is opposite the WTC Memorial and Cultural Center, and at the heart of the cluster of buildings which surround the memorial. The brief for 3 World Trade Center outlined the building’s function as the site’s commercial core. The tower had to address the issue of balancing retail and office space, while also complementing and acknowledging the WTC memorial.

The building has an orthogonal relationship to the main space between the proposed memorial water pools. To complement this relationship, the central zone of the building has been reduced in mass as it rises towards the sky. The effect is a stepped profile which accentuates the building’s verticality, relating to the memorial site and is sympathetic to the height and positions of the neighbouring buildings. Antennae emphasise the height and slender profile of the building both in the local context, and as part of the Manhattan skyline.

The design includes five trading floors, 54 office floors (totalling 2.1 million sq ft) and five retail levels, as well as eight mechanical floors which serve the trading and office floors, 37 passenger lifts and two principal stairwells. The lower part of the building –the ‘podium building’ – contains the tower’s retail element and the trading floors. The upper levels of the tower hold the office spaces. ‘Live’, active façades, at street level, enable the free-flowing movement of shoppers. There are two below-grade retail levels and three retail levels above the ground floor, served by two lifts and four stairwells.

To maximise sustainability in terms of the building’s day-to-day functioning, similar ‘green design’ features as those included in the design of 7 World Trade Center have been incorporated. The design team has ensured that energy use and costs are significantly reduced compared to typical Manhattan office buildings.

The project obtained LEED Gold Certification from the U.S. Green Buildings Council for Building Design & Construction Core & Shell.

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This office tower – with retail at its base – provides an important new addition to the New York skyline and creates a strong relationship with the adjoining World Trade Center memorial gardens

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Location New York City, USA


2006 - 2018

Client Silverstein Properties Inc.



Site Area 60,000 sq ft

Net Lettable internal Area 2.1 million sq ft

Gross Internal Area 2.8 million sq ft

Environmental Certification LEED Gold

Architect of Record

Adamson Associates

Structural Engineer WSP Cantor Seinuk

Service Engineer

Jaros Baum & Bolles

Consulting Engineers

Dynamic Loading Consultants

Weidlinger Associates Incorporated

Security Consultants

Ducibella Venter & Santore, Robert Ducibella, Philip Santore

Landscape Architect

PWP Landscape Architecture

Feature Lighting

Fisher Marantz Stone

Main Contractor

Tishman Construction

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2019 The American Architecture
2019 New Construction of the Year
2020 Nominated International High
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Key Awards
Rise Awards

No. 33 Park Row

New York City

Location New York City, USA


2017 - ongoing

Client Centurion Real Estate Partners

Gross Internal Floor Area

60,000 sq ft residential

15,000 sq ft commercial

Height 377 ft

Number of Storeys


Architect of Record SLCE

Structural Engineer


M&E Consultant

GEA Consulting Engineers

Main Contractor

Consigli Construction

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The proposal for No. 33 Park Row describes a boutique residential scheme in Lower Manhattan, made up of 30 apartments with four levels of commercial space at the base of the building. The proposed tower will rise 23-storeys addressing Park Row’s early 20th Century ‘skyscrapers’ and giving excellent views north across City Hall Park.

Located at the corner of Beekman Street and Park Row the building steps up to provide a bridge between the ten storey properties on Beekman and those on Park Row. The primary core acts as a unifying vertical structural element, extending above the roof levels to provide roof top plant. The kite shaped plan is set out on the diagonal and the building facades follow this arrangement to place a strong visual emphasis on the corner.

The building’s structural and internal apartment arrangement is expressed in two-storey façade modules.

The primary building arrangement facing North mitigates overheating through solar gain, and loggias serve to provide shading to residential facades.

Depth and materiality of the facades give privacy for residents and this is achieved through a series of deep, articulated loggias, which pay homage to the early 20th century New York architectural context and give the building its strong identity.

Made up of fabricated metal sections and concrete, the hue of the patinated copper side screens is varied to differentiate the commercial and residential levels. The flank walls are clad in brick and act as braced bays, stabilising the tower and further directing views north to the park.

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International Spy Museum

Washington D.C.

The International Spy Museum forms part of RSHP’s masterplan for L’Enfant Plaza in Washington DC, and creates a new home for the privately-owned Spy Museum previously located in a 19th Century building in Penn Quarter.

As a cultural building, The International Spy Museum generates activity and interest within a neighbourhood noted for large scale government office buildings. Consequently, the new Spy Museum acts as a catalyst for the regeneration of 10th Street, initiating and reinforcing the intentions of the National Capital Planning Commission SW Ecodistrict Plan.

Drawing its inspiration from the techniques of espionage, the building ‘hides in plain sight’. Its exhibition space is contained in a

dramatic, louvred ‘black box’ with inclined translucent walls, articulated by bright red fins. The pleated glass veil, which is fritted on the south orientated panels to reduce glare and reflections, is suspended from red columns on the outside of the black box.

This veil encloses an atrium, a ground floor lobby and a circulation in the form of a grand staircase. Behind this veil, the prominent façade of the box angles out over the street and public space to one side, breaking the building line to create a disruptive landmark at the crest of 10th Street, visible from the National Mall at one end and Banneker Park at the other. This provides a continuation of public realm from 10th Street through to the new office buildings within the Plaza.

Above the double height lobby, and the three floors of exhibition and theatre space contained within the box, are two further floors of set-back office and event space, inconspicuous from street level, with a roof terrace giving views across Washington DC’s cityscape and waterfront. Lifts at the rear on the building serve all levels, and visitors are invited to pass down the atrium grand staircase above street level and exit the museum via the ground floor retail area, contributing life to the façade.

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The Commission [of Fine Arts] members commended the project team for an exceptional design and program, observing that the museum will contribute to the transformation of this part of the city.

Thomas E. Luebke, US Commission of Fine Arts

Location Washington D.C., USA

Date 2015 - 2019

Client The Malrite Company

Client Representative The JBG Companies


140,000 sq ft

Architect of Record

Hickok Cole Architects

Structural Engineer SK&A MD

M&E Engineer


Facade Engineer

Eckersley O’Callaghan

Landscape Architect Michael Vergason

Landscape Architects Ltd

Exhibition Design Gallagher & Associates

Main Contractor

Clark Construction

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American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) IDEAS²

Award - Merit Award


IES Illumination Award


NAIOP DC|MD Best Institutional Facility


ENR Best Cultural/ Worship Project


ABC Metro Washington and Virginia Chapters

Excellence in Construction Awards, Award of Excellence

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ATRIO is a major mixed-use commercial development in central Bogotá, comprising two towers – North and South – with a large open public space at ground level.

At 44 floors (215 ft) and 59 floors (2,884 ft) high respectively, the towers provide a total of more than 2,690,977 sq ft of office space, public services and retail with up to 72,000 people expected to pass through each day.

Together with an additional 1,158,616 sq ft of public space, which constitutes two thirds of the whole site area, the development is an important step in the regeneration of the area known as Centro Internacional, bringing new business, tourism, public transport and culture to city’s former business district.

The project delivery is in two phases, with the first building ATRIO North Tower creating more than 538,195 sq ft of flexible office space, 49,513 sq ft of public services and 19,375 sq ft of retail. Construction of the first phase began in December 2014 with preliminary excavations, and North Tower completed in 2020.

A significant project deliverable is effective knowledge sharing between the international and Colombian firms, and RSHP is working closely with local architectural practice El Equipo Mazzanti to ensure skills are transferred locally.

Location Bogotá, Colombia


2008- ongoing

(Phase 1 completed 2020)

Client Group a, QBO

Constructores S.A.S

Environmental Certification



$500 million


2,690,977 sq ft office

107,639 sq ft public space

Co-Architect El Equipo Mazzanti

Structural Engineer Arup / PyD

M&E Engineer ARUP / POCH

Landscape Architect Gillespies

Diana Wiesner

Main Contractor

ARPRO EllisDon

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ATRIO is a place for all where people are encouraged to meet, interact and socialise. Through this open relationship with the city and its communities, we hope ATRIO will change perceptions of architecture and public space in Colombia

Nayib Neme, President of Grupo, ATRIO lead investor

Key Awards


Audience Award CTBUH

Awards 2021 - Best Tall Building 200-299m


Winner of the Award for Structures in Extreme Conditions - Institution of Structural Engineers (North Tower)


Award of Excellence

Winner CTBUH - Best Tall Office Building (North Tower)


Award of Excellence

Winner CTBUH - Best Tall Building 200 - 299 metres (North Tower)


Award of Excellence

Winner CTBUH - Structural Engineering (North Tower)


Audience Award CTBUH

Awards 2021 - Best Tall Office Building

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Torre BBVA México

Mexico City

This building is the most sophisticated, highest-quality building in Mexico. It’s a signature building for the bank, for the expansion of their business in North American markets.

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Mexico City, Mexico



Client BBVA-Bancomer


$210 million



LEED Platinum

Site Area

71,257 sq ft

Total Area

2,031,978 sq ft

Office Area

848,196 sq ft



Arquitectos, collaboration as


Structural Engineer

Arup/Colinas de Buen

SA de CV

Plumbing Engineer



Electrical Engineer

Arup/DEC Group

HVAC Engineer


Landscape Architect

Espacios Verdes

Lighting Consultant

Fisher Marantz Stone

Cost Consultant


Project Manager

Jones Lang LaSalle

Main Contractor

Turner Marhnos

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A new urban landmark on the skyline of Mexico City, the tower marks the gateway to the Paseo de la Reforma from Chapultepec Park. The Torre BBVA México tower is the result of a collaboration between architectural practices RSHP and Legorreta + Legorreta. In bringing together their different architectural languages yet common values, they have created a building that is both contextual and distinctive.

Mexico City is built on an ancient dried lake and is prone to severe earthquakes so an innovative engineering approach was needed to reduce the risk of tremors. A ‘fuse’ was incorporated into each of the externally expressed structural beams. Its design focuses the impact of an earthquake by absorbing the shock to protect the rest of the structure. This structural solution makes the tower uniquely safe for a building of its height.

To combat solar gain from Mexico’s strong sunlight, a lattice façade system, (which evokes traditional screens or ‘celosias’) shades the exterior of the building allowing daylight in, and views out.

The building is based on the reinterpretation of traditional office space organisation, offering a variety of new flexible working environments for all users. Sky gardens every nine floors create outdoor space within the tower and provide meeting and break-out areas where people can enjoy spectacular views. Consequently, the architecture promotes a sense of community and interaction between staff.

The 50 storey tower provides approximately 848,196 sq ft of prime office space for BBVA Bancomer and can accommodate approximately 4,500 employees.

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Key Awards

2018 RIBA International Award

2018 RIBA Awardfor International Excellence 2018


ArchDaily 2017 Office Building of the Year

2016 World Architecture Festival 2016 Completed Office Buildings Shortlist

2016 IStructe Award for Commercial or Retail Structures

2016 American Architecture Prize

Institutional Architecture Bronze Medal


ENR Global Best Projects Awards 2016 Office Category Award of Merit

2016 Bienal Nacional de Arquitectura

Mexicana, Silver Medal


MCHAP Awards


2016 Council for Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat


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300 New Jersey Avenue

Washington, D.C.


Washington DC, USA



Client The JBG Companies

Construction Hard Costs Only

$71 million

Gross Internal Area 274,479 sq ft


HKS Architects

Structural Engineer Expedition Engineering and SK & A Associates

Civil Engineer Wiles Mensch Associates

Services Engineer

BDSP and TOLK Services

Landscape Architect Parker Rodriguez

Landscape Architects

Vertical Transportation Van Deusen Associates

Lighting Consultant MCLA

Speciality Glazing

ASI Advanced Structures Inc.

Main Contractor Clark Construction

Key Awards

2010 NCSEA Annual Excellence in Structural Engineering –Outstanding Project Award


Washington Building of Congress –Craftmanship Award

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300 New Jersey Avenue, located one block away from United States Capitol building, was commissioned in September 2004 by The JBG Companies, to create a new office complex for a leading international legal practice. Before work on the new building started, the site was occupied by an office building dating from 1935, a 1953 addition and an above-ground car park. As part of the redevelopment of the site, the car park was demolished and replaced with an underground six-storey parking facility for approximately 450 vehicles. The two existing office buildings are linked by a 12,001 sq ft glazed atrium and above this sits a new 10-storey (110-feet high) office building. The new development creates around 274,479 sq ft gross, adding to the existing 204,514 sq ft in the two older, 6-7 storey buildings. The international law firm Jones Day occupies both the historic buildings and five storeys of the new building.

The atrium creates a focal point and meeting space between the three office buildings. It allows staff to circulate between the existing and new buildings, whilst also providing a series of open, trapezoidal platforms where employees can sit and interact outside the office environment beneath a huge, floating glass roof. At different levels, 16 glass bridges connect each building with the open platforms. A dramatic yellow ‘tree’ structure supports the atrium roof as well as the platforms. All platforms in the atrium are accessible by a glass elevator. Visitors pass through the ground floor of the atrium where there is a staff cafe and dining room as well as a reception area. A large meeting room on level seven of the 1953 building is reached directly from the glass elevator by its own bridge within the tree structure. A roof garden is accessible via the meeting room with spectacular views across Washington.

This project evolved from an advisory role that the practice undertook with town planners in Washington DC for the Anacostia waterfront redevelopment. An initial meeting took place to explore redevelopment ideas leading to a collaboration between RSHP and JBG to design a building which breaks the mould of conventional office design in Washington DC.

This project creates a focus and heart for the existing office community, allowing it to grow whilst also enabling stronger physical bonds to be established between the site’s disparate elements. The scheme has turned a neglected backyard into a dramatic Washington DC address which, importantly, creates strong links to the public realm immediately outside as well as creating a new public space for the city.

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The new building ‘folds back’ from the principal Avenue, softening the street wall and allowing public vistas towards the inner courtyard.
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204 S 12th Street is a 32-floor residential tower near Philadelphia’s CBD, offering three retail units at its base, with 378 rental apartments above.

The building adopts a rotational geometry that maximises daylight into the apartments and increases the number of dual aspect corner units; it also creates pockets of space at the ground floor to be articulated with landscaping.

The design echoes the former industrial heritage of the area, responding in a contemporary language which reinterprets the colouration and materials of the local architectural character.

Location Philadelphia, USA

Date 2018 - ongoing

Client Midwood

Construction Cost $112,000,000



The perimeter structure is expressed with an extruded aluminium system, framing the floors into three-story rectangular modules.

Corrugated shadow box panels pick up on the tonality of the local brick vernacular and add a grain and human scale to the building. The upper floors of the tower are set back in to provide openair amenity terraces at the upper levels with panoramic views of the city.

The contractor has been appointed and works on site have initiated.

Number of Storeys 32

Co-Architect BLT Architects

Structural Engineer WSP

Services Engineer Bala

Landscape Architect Margie Ruddick

Contractor Hunter Roberts

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376,000 sq ft
Height 398 ft
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Location Toronto, Canada

Date 2017- ongoing

Client Oxford Properties

Site Area 78,100 sq ft

Total Gross Floor Area 1,330,000 sq ft

Height 984 ft

Number of Storeys


Architect of Record Adamson Associates


Structural Engineer RJC

Services Engineer

Smith and Andersen

Landscape Architect Gillespies

Lighting Design

Speirs Major Design Assist

Contractor Ellis Don

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30 Bay Street, just set back from the shores of Lake Ontario, occupies a prime location in downtown Toronto and will be a landmark building on the city’s skyline.

The design of the office tower, commissioned by Oxford Properties, will comprise floor plates in varying sizes to accommodate a range of companies and will include trading floors at the lower levels. Retail will be located within the lower levels of the building and will provide a direct link from the secondfloor enclosed path route down to the ground floor lobby on Bay Street.

Four sky gardens with panoramic views will be located throughout the tower. They will be 129 ft in height and provide

break-out space, landscape and amenity to the floors where they will be located.

A rooftop lantern at the top of the tower will provide space for a landscaped garden and restaurant above, taking full advantage of the spectacular views across the city and Lake Ontario.

The project’s sustainability goals include the LEED `Platinum’ certification for Leadership in Energy and Environmental design from the U.S. Green Building Council, as well as the CaGBC Zero Carbon Building Certification, Toronto Green Standard V3 Tier 1 and Waterfront Toronto MGBR.

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260 Eleventh Avenue

New York City

Located in Manhattan, New York, this new office development will restore two adjacent historical buildings and combine them with a new structure on a contiguous empty lot, all of which fall within the West Chelsea Historic District. The most significant existing building is 260 Eleventh Avenue, formerly the world headquarters of the Otis Elevator Company, built in 1911-12, and occupying the full length of the project site’s Eleventh Avenue frontage. It neighbours 549 West 26th Street, built in 1900-01 for the John Williams Bronze and Iron Works. The project is completed by a site at 550 West 27th Street, the sole vacant lot in district.

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Location New York City, USA

Date 2016 - ongoing

Client Vornado Realty Trust

Site Area

44,067 sq ft


265,491 sq ft

Architect of Record Adamsons Associates


Structural Engineer

BuroHappold Engineering

Services Engineer

Jaros Baume + Bolles

Facade Engineer

BuroHappold Engineering

Fire & Safety Consultant

Holmes Keogh Associates

Historic Preservation Consultant

Building Conservation Associates

Landmark Preservation

Higgins Quasebarth & Partners

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A new glass clad construction will extend above the existing buildings, cantilevering over a rooftop terrace created on the John Williams Building and forming a new one-story addition above the current roof of the Otis Building. A glazed atrium containing the vertical circulation will serve to unify the complex.

The existing floors within the Otis Building will remain. The brick and stone facades will be stripped of paint and/or cleaned, the windows replaced, new storefronts introduced and the metal cornice restored. The rear brick facade will be restored/replaced in accordance with the new design.

The John Williams building will be more extensively altered. One bay from the rear will be removed and the floors will be newly constructed behind the retained facade. The facade to 26th street will have the brick and stone stripped of paint and/or cleaned, the windows replaced, new storefronts introduced and the metal cornice restored.

Forming one unified building all three elements will need to comply with current zoning and building codes. The project was unanimously approved by the Landmarks Preservation Commission in April 2019.

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Horse Soldier Farms

Somerset, KY

Horse Soldier Farms is a 227 acre masterplan, overlooking Lake Cumberland in Somerset, Kentucky, USA.

At the heart of the site is a bourbon distillery and production facility, comprising maturation warehouses, a bottling facility and finished logistics warehouse, which will produce between 3-5 million gallons of bourbon annually.

The distillery reflects the historic 12 Horse Soldiers story, including 12 fermentation vessels that circle the 54 ft column still. The Stillhouse is also articulated as an array of 12 inclined structural elements, reminiscent of the staves of a whiskey barrel under construction. The inverse of the Stillhouse geometry is expressed in the form of an enclosed water garden

called ‘The Everyday Heroes Gallery’. At the centre of this space is a replica of the Horse Soldier monument found near Ground Zero. When read together the two elements of the Stillhouse and the memorial water garden pay homage to the Twin Towers.

The primary built structures are simple long and low horizontal buildings, inspired by the traditional agricultural vernacular of barns and warehouses in Kentucky. These dominant forms, set amongst the undulating natural landscape, reinforce the salient lines and geometries of the site.

Black in colour, the warehouses and distillery echo the county’s traditional tobacco barns and provide a simple

palette, which, along with the lush green landscape and accents of colour, are pertinent to the brand.

A retail park, chapel, event centre, equestrian centre, community rooms, and health and wellness opportunities will welcome the estimated 200,000 annual visitors.

A 60-room lodge complex with spa, will invite veterans, locals and bourbon connoisseurs to stay and reflect for longer.

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Location Kentucky, USA

Date 2020 - ongoing

Client American Freedom Distillery, LLC

Site Area 227 acres

Architect of Record EOP Architects

Structural Engineer Brown + Kubican

Process Engineer VITOK

MEP Engineer CMTA, Inc.

Landscape and Civil Engineer Carman

Experiential Design BRC Imagination Arts

Facilities Management CRM Companies

Contractor D.W. Wilburn, Inc.

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RSHP | Americas 89 St Lawrence Market North Toronto

St Lawrence Market North will combine courtrooms, offices and a large market hall as part of the St Lawrence complex. Home to a successful farmers market and Sunday antiques market, the design aims to reinstate these markets as a unified piece of the urban fabric. The marketplace itself is a covered outdoor space which can be enclosed or screened to allow other activities and functions and work with the seasons.

There has been a permanent market on the site since 1803 and the precedent for a civic use/market combination was set in 1831 when a new market building was constructed, incorporating an assembly hall at first floor level. In 1850 St Lawrence Hall was built to the north and the complex became the social centre of the city, hosting public meetings, concerts, lectures and exhibitions. The St Lawrence market quarter continues to have a rich street life and is popular with city residents and visitors.

A glass spine runs the length of the five-storey market building, designed by RSHP, forming a bright, glass-ceilinged atrium. This covered street runs through the centre of the site and opens up views and pedestrian routes from the South Market, through the new building and into St Lawrence Hall to reunify the complex. The market area is maximised to create a flexible, permeable space with glass doors to the ground floor that, when opened, turn the building into an arcade allowing the market to spill out onto the neighbouring streets.

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A mezzanine floor provides space for a gallery, a café and support functions as well as providing flexibility for additional market space, concerts, receptions, weddings, product launches and other events. A direct entrance to St Lawrence Hall allows the buildings to function as a single facility.

Support accommodation is located on the second and third floors and the court rooms on the fifth, beneath the roof. The court rooms are accessed by the public from a wide balcony along the covered street and a separate entrance is provided for judges from their chambers on the floor below, avoiding the possibility of confrontation. The intention was to make the courts a tranquil environment, through north light, generous volumes and views to the sky.

The environmental strategy for the building is low-energy. Its simple form makes for a straightforward energy system that will exceed the latest city codes for environmental design; the spaces are designed for mixed-mode environmental conditioning to make the most of natural light and ventilation, green roofs will minimise the heat island effect in the city, and solar water heating panels will supply the portable hot water needs of the building.




Yolles /

M&E Engineer

Smith + Andersen

Facade Engineer


Landscape Architect

Quinn Design Associates

Lighting Design

Smith + Andersen

Heritage Consultant

ERA Architects

Main Contractor

The Buttcon Limited/

The Atlas Corporation

Competition Jurer

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When I am showing visitors the City, I’d like to bring them to this building to experience the street life and hang out.
Location Toronto, Canada
2010 - ongoing Client City of Toronto Total Area 215,278 sq ft Market 43,055 sq ft Offices 43,055 sq ft Courts 32,291 sq ft
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151 East 60th Street

New York City

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immediately to the south-east of Central Park, 151 East 60th Street provides the perfect opportunity to capitalise on the wonderful panoramic views of the city that this strategic location offers.

The brief set by Kuafu Properties presented an exciting opportunity and challenge to create a new high rise residential tower at the south east corner of Central Park. Its location on the periphery of the emerging cluster of high rise residential towers around the southern end of the Park will ensure the tower preserves a prominent aspect as the urban fabric develops over time and will enjoy uninterrupted views due to the zoning restrictions around it.

The site’s location presents a widely contrasting aspect in the surrounding street environs. The 61st Street frontage captures the typical terraced townhouse environment of the Upper East Side residential fabric whilst 60th street has a clear service emphasis. The brief required the project to achieve a zoning area of approximately 343,000 sq ft, whilst aiming to capitalise on the wonderful vistas of Central Park, which can be achieved at around 200ft from ground level.

In the initial phases of the competition, alternative core positions were studied which involved initial investigations into a central core solution as opposed to a core located to the south of the floorplate. The final solution positioned the core on the south side of the floor plate, which created an asymmetry in the structural stability system for the building, whilst optimising the space available on the floor plate to prioritise the residential apartments to the northern and north west views of Central Park.

At the external façade, the building expresses the pure modulation of the towers vertical emphasis, in the form of columns on a 14ft / 6 inch module. These elements are clad using a glass

shadow box assembly flush with the adjacent vision panel units, and could be prefabricated as double storey units. To capitalise on the ability to allow the internal living room space to flow out to the loggias on the North West and south east corners of the tower, the design incorporates a bi-folding door system. These doors will fold away from the corner of the loggia to be stacked parallel to the blade columns so as to increase the percept of the space extending to the outside. The external loggias have been configured so that their perimeter is greater than 50% of the enclosing façade to enable them to be exempt from zoning area.

At the top of the tower the building slopes up to the northern façade. This contains double height living spaces within the penthouse apartment with views over the park. Additionally the angled façade creates an articulation of the building’s form.

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Location New York City, USA Date 2015 Client Kuafu Properties Area 343,000 sq ft Co-architect Slice
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Selected Projects Worldwide

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One Hyde Park London,


One Hyde Park has given Knightsbridge a distinctive new residential development which relates strongly to the existing streetscape and opens up views between Hyde Park and Knightsbridge. Once inside the building these views are maintained from a series of fully-glazed circulation cores incorporating stairs, lifts and lobbies. One Hyde Park comprises 86 apartments and duplexes (including four penthouses) plus three retail units at ground floor level fronting onto Knightsbridge. Additional facilities for residents include: a private cinema; a 69 ft swimming pool, squash courts, gym and a business suite with meeting rooms.

The design seeks to complement the existing streetscape of Knightsbridge and create a scheme that offers daylight and generous views whilst achieving the necessary degree of privacy for its occupants.

As befits luxury apartments, elegant detailing and quality of construction were of great importance. Materials were chosen to reflect the colouring and texture of the surrounding buildings: red-brown copper alloy façades complement the surrounding red brick buildings; and pale structural concrete mimics stone details on the neighbouring Mandarin Oriental Hotel.

A new gateway to the Park has been created by relocating Edinburgh Gate to the western edge of the site. The roadway is covered by a canopy and the top surface is planted to provide a visual amenity for all those overlooking it and protect residents from traffic noise. Epstein’s ‘Pan’ which was at the northern end of the existing Edinburgh Gate has been repositioned to maintain its relationship to the new roadway.

Along the eastern edge of the site, linking the Park to Knightsbridge, a new pedestrian route through the site, Serpentine Walk, has been created. The original Knightsbridge underground station entrance has been relocated adjacent to Mandarin Oriental Hotel. The entrance was designed using a similar palette of materials to those used in One Hyde Park creating a structure with a glazed roof and walls that appears to be both open and solid.

Renowned lighting artist, James Turrell has created a unified lighting concept that interacts with the development’s architecture. It includes perimeter lighting for the five glass stair and lift structures and a colourful light display.

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Awards 2013 RIBA London Award 2011 LDSA Building Excellence Award
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Location London, UK

Date 2005 - 2011

Client Project Grande (Guernsey) Ltd

Development Managers Candy & Candy

Cost £250 million

Total Area 6,996,54 sq ft

Structural Engineer Arup

Services Engineer Cundall

Landscape Architect Gillespies LLP

Project Manager GVA Second London Wall Project Management Planning Consultant DP9

Interior Design Candy & Candy

Interior Architect BFLS

Main Contractor Laing O’Rourke

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London, UK

Riverlight transforms a triangular, five-acre industrial estate – close to Battersea Power Station on the south bank of the River Thames – into a residential-led mixed use development, creating a transition between the large footprints of the power station and the smaller residential developments to the east.

The scheme includes 806 homes, underground parking, crèche, restaurants, bars, a food store and other retail spaces. It incorporates a river walk and landscaping to take full advantage of its location and create attractive public spaces for the local community.

The development is delivered via six buildings, arranged in a rising-form composition, ranging in height from 12 to 20 storeys and giving the development a varied skyline.

Around 60 per cent of the scheme is designated as public open space. The architectural expression takes its cue from the former industrial warehouse buildings that lined the river. The language is of simple robust structures which emphasise their construction. Buildings are divided into three distinct zones: top, middle, and base. Top levels are lightweight, two-storey structures with gull-wing roofs; mid levels are represented as concrete

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floors expressed every two storeys, with intermediate floors expressed as lightweight steel balconies.

In landscape terms, each area of the development is conceived as having its own distinct character. The newly created river walk – slightly raised to allow views over the river wall to the Thames – brings a 65 ft wide boulevard to a previously underused part of the waterfront. Commercial and community uses at street level – including restaurants, bars and cafés arranged around the dock inlet, as well as a food store, crèche and business suite –help to attract visitors onto the site and animate the public areas of the scheme.

Location London, UK


2009 - 2016

Client St James’ Group

Cost £200 million

Site Area 5.4 acres

Net Residential Area 1,055,024 sq ft

Executive Architect EPR

Structural Engineer Ramboll Services Engineer Hoare Lea Planning Consultants and Environmental Service Co-ordination

TP Bennett Landscape Architect Gillespies LLP

Townscape Consultant Montagu Evans

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The Leadenhall Building

London, UK

Location London, UK

Date 2000 - 2014

Client British Land Company LLC and Oxford Properties

Building Owner

CC Land Holdings


Site Area 32,291 sq ft

Gross Internal Area 908,732 sq ft

Structural Engineer Arup

Services Engineer Arup

Landscape Architect Edco Design London / Gillespies

Main Contractor Laing O’Rourke


Certification BREEAM Excellent

Key Awards


RIBA National and London Awards


The British Constructional Steelwork Association Awards, Main National Award Winner and Special Award for Best Overall Project


NLA New London Awards Best Commercial Building British Council of Offices (BCO) Best Commercial Workplace in the UK


Corportation of London, City of London Building of the Year


This 50-storey tower opposite Lloyd’s of London rises to a height of 738 ft, its slender form creating its own distinctive profile within an emerging cluster of tall buildings in this part of the City of London. The building’s tapering profile is prompted by a requirement to respect views of St Paul’s Cathedral, in particular from Fleet Street. The tower’s design ensures that from this key vantage point the cathedral’s dome is still framed by a clear expanse of sky.

The office floors are designed to meet the highest quality office space standards taking the form of rectangular floor plates which progressively diminish in depth towards the apex. Instead of a traditional central core providing structural stability, the building employs a full perimeter braced tube which defines the edge of the office floor plates and creates stability under wind loads. The circulation and servicing core is located in a detached north-facing tower, containing colourcoded passenger and goods lifts, service risers and on-floor plant and WCs.

The building’s envelope expresses the diversity of what it encloses, reinforcing the composition and providing legibility to the primary elements. Although the tower occupies the entire site, the scheme delivers an unprecedented allocation of public space – the lower levels are recessed on a raking diagonal to create a spectacular, sun-lit seven-storey high space complete with shops, and soft landscaped public space.

This public space offers a half-acre extension to the adjacent piazza of St Helen’s Square. Overlooking the space is a public bar and restaurant served by glazed lifts. This new public space provides a rare breathing space within the dense urban character of the City of London.

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International Towers

Sydney, Australia


Location Sydney, Australia

Date 2010 - 2016



Tower 1 Area 1,251,692 sq ft

Tower 2 Area 1,072,688 sq ft

Tower 3 Area 974,392 sq ft


Lendlease Design

Structural Engineer

Arup/Lendlease Design Services Engineer NDY

Façade Engineer Arup

Cost Consultant


Planning Consultant




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The towers are conceived as three sibling buildings within the RSHP masterplan for Barangaroo South, each with their own identity. They form a western extension to Sydney’s CBD, meeting increased demand from tenants for large floorplate offices, and integral to the ongoing viability and success of Sydney as a global city and key financial centre. Together they assist in completing Sydney’s framework of tall buildings, established at Circular Quay and adjacent to the Botanic Gardens, with a rising form from south to north and a strong edge to the open water beyond. This cluster of buildings, similar in height to some of the existing CBD buildings, completes the city’s northwestern limit.

Each office tower responds to its unique geographic and environmental condition, along with the changing solar load throughout the day. This response has informed the design development of the floorplate and facades, bringing diversity and individuality to the design of each building. One of the aspirations for the project was to set new environmental benchmarks in Australia. This is achieved through the combination of solar shading, glass technology and thermal performance directly responding to context, orientation and solar path.

Energy consumption is reduced by arranging the lift cores and ‘vertical village’ community spaces on the northern elevation of the building, which provides shading for the internal workspace. These vertical villages – which include communal breakout spaces and meeting areas – enable visual and physical connections to be made between floors and encourage social interaction between users and visitors throughout the building. The precinctwide centralised plant spaces allow the whole rooftop to be used as an open terrace and the podium roofs, vertical villages and building insets all provide the opportunity for planting, adding biodiversity to this urban site.

The towers sit on a three-storey plinth conceived as a carved piece of ground that mediates between the waters’

edge and the cliff edge presented by the city behind. The plinth creates a tight human scale streetscape with lobbies alongside other street activities such as retail and leisure. To minimise the number of service vehicles entering the development, the buildings share a common basement accessed from a single point of entrance, leaving the surrounding streets fully pedestrianised or pedestrian prioritised. All these factors help to generate a public realm that is vibrant and animated and safe.

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Terminal 4, Barajas Airport Barajas, Spain

The terminal, which is the biggest in Spain, was commissioned to enable Barajas International Airport to compete with major hub airports within Europe. The core building comprises a sequence of parallel spaces separated by a linear block allowing daylight to penetrate deep into the interior. The same form is applied to the satellite, which is comprised of two linear blocks, one for passport control and the other containing the gates.

The bamboo linear roof structure is connected above by a chain of roof lights, permitting maximum flexibility in the arrangement of accommodation on each of the floors. This enables the building to be expanded in phases. The new terminal has a metro, rail station and landside transit link to the existing terminals as well as a transit system linking the core terminal with the satellite.

Pedestrian circulation to and from the parking area is concentrated along the face of the parking structure, creating an animated façade opposite the terminal. The layout of the arrivals hall creates clear and separate routes to the various modes of ground transportation, giving equal weight to public and private transport. The arrivals and departures forecourts as well as the train and metro station are covered by a standard module of the roof, which thereby encompasses the entire sequence of activities from drop-off to departure gate.

Environmental measures, aimed at significantly reducing energy consumption, include a stratified cooling system, displacement ventilation supply to the piers, low level air supply to all other passenger areas, extensive shading to the facades and roof lights, zoned lighting and the collection of rainwater to irrigate the landscape.

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Airport Council International Award for Best European Airport

RIBA Stirling Prize

Istructe Award for Commercial or Retail Structures

AIA/UK Excellence in Design Award

2006 RIBA European Award

2005 RIBA Airport Award


Madrid, Spain

Date 1997-2005

Client AENA

Cost £448 million


Total 12,464,608 sq ft

New Terminal Building 5,059,037 sq ft

Satellite 3,390,631 sq ft


Estudio Lamela

Structural Engineer Anthony Hunt Associates/ TPS with OTEP/HCA

Facade Engineer Arup

Landscape Architect dosAdos

Lighting Consultant Arup / Speirs Major

Main Contractor

Terminal UTE; Satellite UTE; parking DRAGADOS; manutention bagages

Siemens Dematic

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A key component of the long-term vision of Genève Aéroport,the project replaces the existing “Wide-body Aircraft” facility built for temporary use in 1975 and whose standards, in terms of thermal and energy performances as well as passenger wellbeing, no longer correspond to today’s requirements and expectations.

The Aile Est (East Wing) renews the airport campus: it embodies the airport’s sustainable development ambitions and meets the needs of both passengers and airlines. The energy-efficient glass and steel building across two main levels is 1,706 ft long. The East Wing can accommodate 3,000 passengers per hour on departure and 2,800 on arrival. It serves 6 existing aircraft contact stands, including 4 MARS stands as well as remote stands.

Geneva Airport, East Wing

Geneva, Switzerland

The East Wing is a model of sustainability and energy efficiency. This project illustrates how passive design, onsite renewables, efficient active systems, responsible water consumption, a focus on well-being and “Whole Life Carbon” can jointly deliver sustainable airport design.

The building meets the multiple physical and aeronautical constraints of the site: its inclined facades respond to imposed setbacks and protect against direct solar radiation on the apron side, its raised design accommodates the service road below. The circulation and technical cores every 80 m emphasize the clarity of the diagram expressing served and servant spaces. The East Wing is designed to be an energy-positive building. It benefits amongst other features from 75,562 sq ft of photovoltaic panels on the roof, 110 geothermal piles, high-performance glass facades as well as LED lighting.

The East Wing possesses breathtaking clarity of intent: a singular straight line that transports the passenger and underlines the mountains beyond. Primary structure and energy-efficient technologies are celebrated, orchestrated into a simple bold statement. Each engineering component is finely crafted, not unlike that of a beautiful Swiss watch. These elementary pieces are given further emphasis by a spectrum of colours that provides clarity as well as a joyful and memorable experience for all travellers.

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Location Geneva, Switzerland

Date 2011 - 2021

Client Genève Aéroport

Cost for Aile Est sector

610m CHF

Total Area

430,556 sq ft

Design: RBI-T

RSHP (Architect)

Atelier d’architecture

Jacques Bugna (Co-Architect)

Ingérop (Structural and Services Engineer)

T-Ingénierie SA

(Structural Engineer)

Lighting Consultant Speirs Major Wayfinding Consultant


Acoustic & Public Address Consultant

Bien Entendu

Architecture & Acoustique

Facade Consultant


Fire Consultant

Swiss Safety Center Exova & Warringtonfire

Passenger Facilitation Consultant

Jacobs (CH2M)

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Terminal 5, Heathrow Airport

London, UK

Location London, UK

Date 1989 - 2008

Client BAA plc

Total Project Cost £4.3 billion

Total Area 984,251 sq ft Terminal, 196,850 sq ft Satellite 508,530 sq ft Satellite 2

Production-Architect Pascall + Watson


Rail Exchange HOK

Structural Engineer Arup

Civil Engineer Mott MacDonald

Services Engineer DSSR/Arup

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RSHP won the competition for Terminal 5 (T5) at Heathrow Airport in 1989. The terminal became operational in March 2008, after being officially opened by Queen Elizabeth II.

The original competition scheme evolved during the 1990s, shaped by changing requirements, including a dramatic reduction in site area and different security needs.

The built scheme for the main terminal offers an unencumbered, long-span ‘envelope’ – developed with Arup – with a flexibility of internal space conceptually similar to that of the practice’s much earlier design for the Pompidou Centre in Paris. Departure and arrivals areas, check-in desks, commercial space, retail, offices, passenger lounges, back-up and other facilities are all contained within freestanding steel-framed structures inside the building and can be dismantled and reconfigured as future needs change.

The built, multi-level scheme is contained beneath an elegant, curved floating roof, supported by slim columns at the perimeter edges to provide the required highly flexible and visually dramatic internal space. In this scheme, passengers depart and arrive in a terminal building which offers generous spaces and fine views across the airport.

As well as the design of the main terminal building, RSHP was also responsible for the design of two satellites and Heathrow’s new control tower, which became operational in early 2007. The main terminal, its satellite buildings, and the new control tower are all part of a wider T5 campus development that includes a landscaped motorway link from the M25, the creation of two new open rivers from previously culverted channels under the airport, the construction of more than a square kilometre of taxi-ways and aircraft stands, three rail stations (for the Piccadilly line, Heathrow Express, and overland rail), an airside track transit system, and an airside road tunnel connecting directly to Heathrow’s central terminal area.



Structural Steel Design Award

RIBA National Award

RIBA London Award

Supreme Award for Structural Engineering Excellence, Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE)

Structural Award for Commercial Structures, Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE)

Off Site Construction Award - Best Commercial Project, Off Site Construction (OSC), Sustain Magazine

British Construction Industry Awards - Highly Commended

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Hong KongZhuhai-Macao

Bridge Hong Kong Port - Passenger Clearance Building

Hong Kong

Location Hong Kong

Date 2010 - 2018

Client Highways Department


Area 323,392 sq ft


AEDAS (Hong Kong)

Civil Engineer Aecom

Steelwork & Structural Engineer Buro Happold

Services Engineer Aecom


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The Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge provides strategic connections between Zhuhai, Macao and Hong Kong. The bridge will foster the flow of people, goods, capital and information and improve the overall connectivity of the Greater Bay Area. The bridge improves transport connectivity within the Greater Bay Area, and greatly reduces travelling time between Hong Kong and other Greater Bay Area cities.

The Passenger Clearance Building (PCB) is built on a new 370 acres artificial island reclaimed from the open waters to the north-east of Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) and benefits from the proximity to the HKIA’s transport links, including the SkyPier Ferry Terminal, and the MTR’s Airport Express and Tung Chung line. It is the new crossing point over the boundary between Hong Kong, Zhuhai and Macao and the facilities serve as a gateway for all those passing through it. The building provides a unique opportunity to give Hong Kong an architectural ‘front door’ which celebrates travel, surrounded by water with views to a natural skyline of evergreen mountains and hills.

The PCB is constantly filled with movement; buses arrive and leave the public transport interchange, and visitors and residents wait to gain immigration clearance. Careful thought has therefore been put into how users move around the building.

The simple, clear circulation through the facility and the undulating flow of surrounding waters is reinforced by the waveform roof, enhancing legibility and providing intuitive wayfinding. The movement through the building is punctuated with full height canyons allowing natural daylight to penetrate all levels of the building and ensure there is a visual connection to the linear roof form to further reinforce clarity of wayfinding.

The elegant modular roof form ideally lent itself to offsite pre-fabrication and has enabled an efficient construction process achieving a very high level of quality. The project is environmentally friendly, aiming to meet the highest standards for new developments and utilise innovative green technologies.


2019 Hong Kong Institution of Engineers Awards Grand Award for Structural Excellence

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British Museum World Conservation and Exhibitions Centre London, UK

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The World Conservation and Exhibitions Centre (WCEC) is one of the largest redevelopment projects in the British Museum’s 260-year history. Located in the north-west corner of its Bloomsbury estate, the new nine-storey building consists of five pavilions, one of which is entirely underground, and accommodates 175 staff. It provides the Museum with a new major exhibition gallery, state-of-the-art laboratories and studios, and world class storage for the collection, as well as important facilities to support its extensive UK and international loan programme.

The design is sensitive to the Museum’s existing architecture and that of the surrounding Bloomsbury Conservation Area – the WCEC is bordered by seven listed buildings – whilst maintaining its own identity. The Portland stone and kiln-formed glass used on the pavilions are inspired by the materials of the existing buildings and the shaded façade subtly reveals the activities within. The mass and height of the pavilions are designed to create a subtle transition from the grand scale of the Museum to the more domestic proportions of the predominantly 18th century properties in the neighbouring streets.

Location London, UK




£135 million


19,3750 sq ft


The British Museum

Structural Engineer

Ramboll UK

Services Engineer Arup

Landscape Architect Gillespies LLP

Whilst conservation studios and offices are housed at the top of pavilions in order to provide good quality daylight for detailed work, almost 70% of the building is underground, including the Collections Storage Facility where heavy floor loading capability and the building’s most stable environmental conditions are found. Over 53,819 sq ft of new storage space means the Museum can now house its entire, disparate collection at the Bloomsbury site and the addition of a 42-tonne truck lift (one of the biggest in Europe) allows large or incredibly fragile objects to be safely transported to and from the building under controlled conditions.

The Sainsbury Exhibitions Gallery, which connects at ground level to the Great Court for easy public access, replaces the Reading Room as the Museum’s largest temporary exhibition’s space, providing a total area of 1100m² and 6-metre headroom for displays. It is capable of operating independently of the rest of the Museum with potential for 24/7 public access and has its own foyer and shop. It opened in March 2014 with the exhibition “Vikings: life and legend” that took full advantage of the spacious new gallery by installing a 121.3 ft long, reconstructed Viking ship.

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Cost Consultant AECOM Project Manager AECOM Strategic Planning & Consultation Strategy
The Green Brain Planning Consultants Montagu Evans Townscape Consultant Francis Golding Construction Manager Mace


Liévin, France

Date 2015 - 2019


Musée du Louvre / Région Hauts de France

Construction cost

€35 million


215,278 sq ft

Cost Consultant


Landscape Architects

Mutabilis Paysage

Technical Consultant

Egis Bâtiments Nord

Environmental Consultant

Inddigo SAS

Centre de conservation du Louvre

Liévin, France


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In 2015, RSHP won an international competition to design a new facility dedicated to the conservation of the Louvre Museum’s collections. The Louvre Conservation Centre is located in Liévin, in northern France - next to the LouvreLens, designed by Sanaa architects –and offers 18,500m² of space dedicated to conservation and restoration.

The building is designed to integrate the storage and preservation of more than 250,000 works of art which are currently distributed between over 60 different sites across France. The chosen proposal brings out an ecologically sensitive, sober, elegant and resolutely contemporary building whose discreet lines are transformed into the landscape.

Taking advantage of the natural slope of the land, the building emerges harmoniously from the landscape, contained by two pairs of concrete walls, reminiscent of Vauban’s French military architecture. Its green roof forms a visual extension towards the Louvre-Lens park and a link with the green arc of the Euralens masterplan.

The building contrasts with the transparent and almost ephemeral building of the Louvre Lens Museum, exploring the potential for expression of what remains hidden and what is revealed. The main facade of the building consists of a wide 525 ft long by 39.3 ft high curtain wall which brings light into the study areas and conservation workspaces. This glazed façade not only allows optimal working conditions for the works to be studied and restored, it also offers the possibility of glimpsing the inner workings of this private establishment hidden behind a garden which slopes gently between the reserves and the street.

A post-beam construction system on an 26.2 by 32.8 ft grid offers great flexibility of use as well as a certain modularity. The workspaces are separated from the reserves by a top-lit central corridor –the internal ‘artworks boulevard’ of the building and its principal circulation space.

Under the superstructure made up of around 900 prefabricated concrete vaults, a succession of reserves is arranged on one level. The respective heights of the spaces decrease from more than 26.2 ft in the west to 9.8 ft in the east, in order to provide a direct response to the needs and formats of the different collections. All services are housed in the twin exterior walls, keeping the collection spaces completely clear.

State-of-the-art climate control technology works in tandem with the thermal mass provided by the concrete envelope of the semi-underground building and its garden roof to ensure extremely stable humidity and temperature conditions for the optimal storage of works of art, while limiting the environmental impact of the building. Water management is also fully integrated into the landscape design, in order to optimize reuse and avoid any risk of flooding.

A generous logistics area allows the loading and unloading of works in complete safety with a view to their transport to the conservation areas.

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The Macallan Distillery and Visitor Experience

The new Macallan Distillery and Visitor Experience is set into the landscape of the estate that has been responsible for creating the single malt whisky since 1824. The Macallan is already established as one of the most famous whisky makers in the world and wanted a new brand home that could reveal the production processes and welcome visitors while remaining sensitive to the beautiful surrounding countryside.

The new RSHP building provides a facility capable of increased production and also allows for easy expansion in years to come. Internally, a series of production cells are arranged in a linear format with an open-plan layout revealing all stages of the process at once. These cells are reflected above the building in the form of a gently undulating roof, formed by a timber gridshell. Grass-covered peaks rise and fall from The Macallan estate grounds, signalling to approaching visitors the activities housed beneath. Set into the naturally sloping contours of the site, the design makes direct references to ancient Scottish earthworks.

Easter Elchies House, the Macallan spiritual home – an original 18th century Highland manor house – must remain the primary focus of the estate and so the main access to the new Visitor Experience begins near this building. The estate is as important to The Macallan as the buildings that make up the distillery and so a subtle manipulation of the terrain is used to reveal the built form and control views without appearing forced or overtly grand. The great 18th century garden designers knew the importance of flow and movement in a large landscape; that parks should be experienced on a meandering journey. The new distillery project celebrates the whisky-making process as well as the landscape that has inspired it.

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Scottish Design Award


RIAS Regional Awards for Best Commercial Building & Special Category Award for Best Use of Timber Award

RIBA Award for Scotland

Location Speyside, Scotland, UK

Date 2012 - 2018

Client Edrington

Cost £140 million (includes build and production equipment)

Size 159,305 sq ft

Structural Engineer Arup

Services Engineer Arup

Landscape Architect Gillespies

Lighting Design Speirs Major

Construction Contractor


Construction Group

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Location Peñafiel, Valladolid, Spain

Date 2003 - 2008

Client Bodegas Protos


£15 million

Gross Internal Area

209,358 sq ft


Alonso Balaguer Arquitectos Asociados

Structural Engineer Arup/Boma/Agroindus

Services Engineer

BDSP/Grupo JG/ Agroindus

Bodegas Protos is a wine cooperative in a small village in the Ribera del Duero region of Spain, where almost everyone in the village has a stake in the winery. In response to increasing demand for Protos wines in recent years, a new building to extend and modernise production facilities has been built. The winery is an industrial building whose design and arrangement follows the process of wine making, from the harvesting of the grapes to the bottling of the wines. Most of the winery’s internal area is underground, where the thermal mass of the ground is used to keep the wine cool, with the production area at ground level beneath a dramatic vaulted wooden roof.

This building connects via an underground link to the original winery and also provides custom-designed areas for tastings and special events, as well as administrative functions.

Because the building had to be cost efficient, the architect chose to use materials found locally. Timber parabolic arches were used as the main structure, taking advantage of the forms ability to carry large loads on very slim beams.

Terracotta roofing tiles are common to the architecture of the region, and the stone that forms the walls is waste material from a local quarry. The use of traditional materials such as wood and stone and the sensitive use of form to break down the scale of the building has resulted in a winery which complements the surrounding traditional architecture style of Peñafiel.

With building work completed in September 2008, Bodegas Protos processed its first harvest of grapes from the vineyards surrounding Peñafiel during October 2008. Over a fifteen-day period, tractor-pulled trailers carrying the grape crop were driven up the ramp to the processing area on the south side of the building and unloaded into vats for fermentation. The facility is now providing capacity to process one million kilos of grapes a year.

Key Awards


RIBA European Award

Shortlisted for the RIBA Stirling Prize

Chicago Atheneum Award

World Architecture Festival –

Production, Energy and Recycling

Civic Trust Award

Conde Nast Traveller ID & D, Gourmet Category

IStructe Award



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Parcs en Scène - Thiais

Paris, France


Paris, France


Linkcity Ile-de-France


3,229,173 sq ft


2017 - ongoing



Landscape Architect BASELAND

Planning Consultant

Cultiver La Ville

The Parcs en Scène project is a mixeduse masterplan and development located on a challenging site near Orly Airport in Paris. Selected following a competition as part of the “Inventons la Métropole” (or Inventing the Metropolis) initiative in 2017, the proposed masterplan is structured by a tracery of linear green fingers that follow the imprint of the disused rail lines that permeate the site, many of which have been re-appropriated by vegetation.

In Sector 1 where RSHP are the lead designers, the project includes 1,399,308 sq ft of mixed-use development principally made up of housing, hostels, hotels, student and sheltered accommodation as well as a school. In addition, a new digital hub that will include a 2500 seat e-sport arena will anchor the amenity offer on the site. This new auditorium flexibly accommodates events at a variety of scales to form a key part of a digital, virtual and creative industries cluster: Training and teaching spaces, rental accommodation for startups, a hotel, restaurants and retail, as well as a climbing wall and virtual reality arcade, are incorporated within this single building, strategically located on a key pedestrian route that connects the station at Pont de Rungis with the Belle Épine shopping centre.

The “Scène Digitale” building also serves to signal the presence of the new quarter, bounding one edge of a new square that terminates the green axis that structures the masterplan.

With the extension of Line 14 of the Paris Metro and the construction of the Grand Paris Express line, the new neighbourhood will be exceptionally well connected by public transport, now only 20 minutes from central Paris. The design of the district favours walking and cycling, with vehicular traffic excluded from the large public space that constitutes the heart of the neighbourhood.

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Currently occupied by dispersed warehouse buildings and extremely difficult to navigate on foot, the Parcs en Scène project at Thiais represents not only a challenge, but also a tremendous opportunity: the masterplan transforms a site formerly dominated by heavy infrastructure into a well-connected, permeable and intimate green district. Following an exploration of how urban and semi-urban lifestyles will evolve, the masterplan places an emphasis on the well-being of its residents, offering immediate access to a wide variety of public and private outdoor spaces.

Large expanses of greenery permeate the neighbourhood, creating visual continuity throughout, as well as biodiversity. The new “habitats” that are proposed encourage participation and the shared use of communal space.

The masterplan seeks to deliver a coherent framework for the buildings that will emerge on the site. A common language and simple palette of materials is proposed, tying the neighbourhood together. However, each and every building is different in size, massing and proportion.

Building heights vary across the site, generating transitions that offer a variety of situations according to setting, orientation and the relationship with open space. In this way, one experiences a diversity of experience across a development that is significant in scale. The buildings respond to the way the sun tracks across the neighbourhood, providing shade where needed whilst also optimizing daylight to both gardens and residents, shielding open space from the prevailing winds and, where required, screening the heart of the site from the presence of the rail tracks and motorway that bound the site to the north and south.

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Location London, UK

Client Clivedale

Date 2015 - ongoing

Area 204,116 GEA sq ft

Structural Engineer

Ramboll UK

Services Engineer Hoare Lea

Landscape Architect


Access Consultant Reef Associates

Townscape Consultant

Richard Coleman


Quantity Surveyor

Gardiner & Theobald

Contractor ISG

Planning Consultant DP9

22 Hanover Square London, UK

Mixed Use

Inspired by existing Georgian terraces on Hanover Square, RSHP have designed a grand townscape structure to hold a contemporary mixed-use development, providing residential and hotel accommodation in the heart of London’s Mayfair Conservation Area.

After extensive consultation with the City Council’s planning and design officers, Historic England, the Greater London Authority, local stakeholders and interest groups, the existing building at 22 Hanover Square has been demolished, and the new scheme provides up to 80 residential units for The Residences at Mandarin Oriental Mayfair; 50-room hotel, a new public restaurant and glazed courtyard, bar and lounge, gym, and spa with pool for the Mandarin Oriental hotel.

The building takes the form of two pavilions, housing both hotel and residential accommodation and linked by a recessive stair and lift core that serves all levels and

defines the two volumes of the building. Grand terraces are created at roof level to provide communal and private outdoor spaces overlooking Hanover Square.

Behind a structural colonnade, the hotel and residential entrances take the form of a covered public entryway which provides access to a glazed double-height lowerlevel covered courtyard. On the lower two levels – 19,6 ft below ground - a pool, and restaurants and bars, are visible through glazed floors, giving a sense of drama and activity underfoot.

The facade is composed of a Vierendeel structural frame which expresses column and beam elements infilled with brick panels and glazed window openings. Vierendeel structures are traditionally horizontal and generally used in bridges, or long span industrial trusses, but RSHP have designed a vertically oriented Vierendeel structure

to uniquely support a contemporary architectural expression of wide internal spans and a grand townscape facade.

The structure embodies the client’s desire for flexible floorplates, but it is also a townscape response to the facade scale and rhythm of the historic urban grain and the neighbouring Georgian buildings.

The scheme acknowledges the expected significant increase in footfall due to the new Bond Street Crossrail station; the renewal of Hanover Square and associated public realm improvements and has made provision for high-quality paving and public art and created a dropoff area for hotel guests and residents. This wider strategy for the area will greatly enhance pedestrian experience as well as vehicular movement.

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Mixed Use

One Monte Carlo Monaco

This mixed-use project redeveloped the site previously occupied by the Sporting d’Hiver building, located next to the Place du Casino in the very heart of Monte Carlo. Bounded by the Hôtel de Paris, the Hôtel Hermitage and the neighboring Petit Afrique park, the old building block dominated the streetscape but offered little public access through the site. RSHP have designed a series of mixed-use pavilions creating a very permeable new city quarter that will provide high end residential, retail and restaurant accommodation, office and conference facilities as well as an art gallery within a landscaped public realm. This key location in Monte Carlo is reasserting its historical role in the economic, social and cultural development of the Principality.

The newly created central street connects from the Hôtel de Paris to the Petit Afrique park creating an enhanced sense of place. With the aim of bringing the informal character of the park into the scheme the new street is enlivened by rich landscaping, casual seating and vertical planting on the residential pavilion facades.

The organization of the elegantly curved residential pavilions is modular and flexible, offering opportunity for a wide range of apartment fit-out options. A generous retractable façade system allows the interior living quarters of each apartment to transform into an external living space, also maximizing extraordinary views of the city, the Mediterranean and the mountains. Deeply recessed glazed circulation cores between each pair of buildings act to mitigate the impact of the pavilions from the massing point of view. Light wells between the pavilions allow daylight to filter into the landscaped courtyards adjacent to the conference facilities located below ground,

The locally renowned Salle des Arts from the original Sporting d’Hiver building has been reinstated as the heart of the conferencing facilities. These facilities are made up from a comprehensive suite of rooms providing a flexible multi-use amenity in a central location. The new art gallery, submerged within the Petit Afrique park, can be joined to extent these public facilities further, but is to operate as an independent destination gallery for most parts of the year.

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Monte Carlo, Monaco


2008 – 2019


Société des Bains de Mer de Monaco


€250 million

Site Area

54,540 sq ft

Gross Floor Area

802,933 sq ft

Local Architect

Alexandre Giraldi

Architecte D.P.L.G.

Structural Engineer


Engineering S.A.

Environmental Services Engineer


Cost Consultant

Thorne & Wheatley


Jean Mus & Compagnie

Façade Engineer


Lighting Design

TG Lighting


Capri Acoustique

Location London, UK

Date 2010 - 2016

Client Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust

Cost £120 million

Internal Area 215,278 sq ft

Co-Architect Stantec

Structural Engineer Arup

Services Engineer Arup

Main Contractor Laing O’Rourke

Clinical Strategies Jackie ChurchwardCardiff

The Cancer Centre at Guy’s Hospital

London, UK


2017 Building Better Healthcare Grand Prix Design Award, Clinician’s choice, Best sustainable development, Best acute hospital development, Best internal environment

2017 New London Architecture - Ashden Prize for Sustainability, Built Wellbeing

2017 Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Awards - London regional

2017 LABC (Local Authority Building Control) Building Excellence AwardsBest Public Service Building

2017 European Healthcare Design Awards - Interior Design and the Arts

2017 ICE London Civil Engineering Awards - Best Building

2016 Healthcare Business AwardsBest Hospital Building

The Cancer Centre at Guy’s brings together all oncology services from across Guy’s and St Thomas hospital, integrating research and treatment services within the same building.

At a city scale, the 14-storey height of the building provides a transition from the 1,000 ft height of Renzo Piano’s the Shard and the hospital’s Tower Wing to the lower rise areas to the south and defines a new gateway to the Guy’s campus.

The building is made up of a number of stacked ‘villages’ each relating to a particular patient need – chemotherapy, radiotherapy or the one-stop clinic –and each with their own distinct identity. In addition there is a double-height welcome area at the base of the building and private suites at the top. By breaking up the functions of the building into two-, three- or four-storey chunks, a human scale is created for each of the care villages, making orientation easier. Visitors exit the lift at their desired section and enter into the ‘village square’ – a non clinical space which includes a planted external balcony as well as informal seating and relaxation areas for patients waiting for consultations, appointments or results. Patients then navigate to consultation and treatment rooms via stairs and lifts within each village.

The treatment areas are efficient, ergonomic, functional and safe, in order to maximise clinical gain and patient care. Across the centre the focus is on improving the user experience, providing patients and staff with views and light, making a series of inclusive spaces with straightforward way-finding and patientcentred facilities.

The building is designed to actively support change in clinical and accommodation needs over time. Flexibility and adaptability are key parts of the design, structure and services strategy.

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Health, Life Sciences + Education

British Library Extension



Location London, UK


British Library and SMBL Ltd

Date 2015 - ongoing

Construction Cost

£500 million

(including fit-out)

Site area 153,923 sq ft approx

Number of Storeys 12

Development Manager


Structural Engineer Arup

MEP Engineer Arup

Landscape Architect


Community Consultation


Communications Agency

Planning Consultants GeraldEve Townscape Advisor Tavernor Consultancy Ltd

Heritage Advice

Cordula Zeidler

Cost Advice

Alinea Consulting

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The British Library Expansion project is a once in a generation transformation opportunity to extend the British Library’s site to make it the most open, creative, and innovative institution of its kind anywhere in the world.

The development is located at the heart of London’s Knowledge Quarter and will provide 100,000 sqft of Library facilities to significantly expand its outreach, education, conservation, and exhibitions programmes. The Library accommodation is integrated with commercial uses, new headquarters for the Alan Turing Institute and Cross Rail 2 infrastructure. The scheme will provide broad community benefits, including the creation of 3,303 new jobs, training and re-skilling opportunities for local people, and a range of affordable employment premises, which will help to regenerate neighbouring communities. The existing Library will be opened up to the northeast and southwest, creating publicly accessible routes and a series of public realm improvements, including a major new cultural foyer at street level.

Extensive landscaping and most of the ground floor of the extension will be open to the public. 600,000 sqft of commercial space to support large, medium, and small enterprises is positioned above the library facilities responding to the space demand for life science, biotech, and related medical and science-based commerce. 50% percent of the commercial premises have the possibility of being configured as wet labs with the remaining spaces suitable for write-up areas, dry or computation labs or as standard offices.

The project’s holistic sustainability strategy has driven the design process with ambitious targets using the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals framework. These targets take the environmental goals above and beyond current practice with a project ambition to reduce embodied carbon by 40%; operational energy by 60% and water use by 50% from current baseline. BREEAM ‘Excellent’ and WELL ‘Gold’ certifications are targeted with aspirations for BREEAM ‘Outstanding’.

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Location Seville, Spain

Date 2005 - 2009

Client Abengoa

Cost €132 million

Area (including parking) 1,033,335 sq ft

Co-Architect Vidal y Asociados arquitectos (VAa)

Structural Engineer Arup

Services Engineer Arup

Health, Life Sciences + Education

Campus Palmas Altas Seville, Spain

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Campus Palmas Altas is a new model for an energy efficient business park in Abengoa in the South of Spain. Abengoa’s objectives for their new headquarters complex were to bring the company together from three different buildings in Seville onto a single site and to use the move to unify and radically change working practices: to maximise communication and encourage cross fertilisation between its various divisions. Abengoa is an international technology company whose primary activity focuses on sustainable development in the infrastructure, environment and energy sectors. The scheme comprises seven buildings, five of which are occupied by Abengoa and the remaining two by tenants who have synergies with the client.

The design creates a more compact and urban in character development than conventional business parks, but is also particularly suited to the extreme summertime conditions prevalent in the south of Spain. In total, the buildings provide approximately 505,903 sq ft of office space across highly compact floorplates in self-contained structures between 3–4 storeys in height. The buildings are arranged on either side of a central space which is made up of a sequence of interconnected plazas. The central space unifies all seven buildings and, because of the stepped arrangement, creates a sequence of discrete spaces each of which has slightly different characteristics. In this way, a variety of outdoor spaces ranging from patios to sunken courtyards and terraces, are created which, depending on the prevalent weather conditions, can be comfortably occupied by the buildings’ tenants virtually all year round. The organisation of these spaces aims to reduce the heat load on the building fabric and avoid the creation of ‘heat islands’. The visual mass is broken down by the landscape treatment of the spaces in between buildings.

Colours have been chosen that reflect those found in traditional glazed Andalucían tiles. The structure of each building is formed from in situ concrete with pre-cast elements used for exposed edge cantilevers. The façades are of glass with a ‘floating’ horizontal transom of corrugated aluminium creating a small glazed panel at floor level. Fixed glass louvres of varying densities (depending on orientation) shade the glazing.

Energy-saving criteria are applied across the whole design – from the site layout and the orientation of the campus to the geometry of the buildings themselves, the design of the building envelope and the selection of materials. The design of individual buildings and the linear arrangement of all the buildings maximises self shading, thereby reducing the amount of secondary shading required. Additional measures include photovoltaic panels, a tri-generation plant, hydrogen batteries and chilled beams. It is hoped that the development will become a model for more sustainable office complexes in the future.



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American Institute of Architects UK Chapter, Excellence in Design Award RIBA European Award

Location London, UK

Date 2013 - 2019

Client London School of Economics

Cost £78 million

Area 188,368 sq ft

Environmental Certification BREEAM Outstanding

Structural Engineer AKT II

Services Engineer Chapman BDSP

Fire Strategy and Acoustic Consultant Hoare Lea

Landscape Architect Gillespies

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Centre Building, London School of Economics

London, UK

In November 2013, RSHP won a RIBA design competition for the LSE’s new Centre Building, London, UK. The scheme is a 188,368 sq ft new landmark teaching and academic building at the heart of the LSE’s Aldwych campus, the design of which design is inspired by the schools’ core values: Collaboration, Excellence and Innovation.

The original brief called for worldclass architecture to match the LSE’s international academic reputation and included the demolition and redevelopment of three existing buildings to create a new 10-storey building. RSHP has gone further by designing a new public square located at the heart of the university, creating a new focal point for the school and improving connectivity and wayfinding throughout the campus.

The scheme comprises two simple interlocking buildings of 2, 6 and 13-storeys with landscaped roof terraces. The volumes are joined by dynamic circulation and meeting spaces, designed to encourage chance meetings, discussion and collaboration. Innovative and inspirational spaces to attract the best staff, academics and students have been created by simple, flexible floor plans that provide a mixture of cellular and open plan offices. adaptable teaching spaces and study areas for students. Five academic departments and the Directorate are located on the upper levels which are all naturally ventilated. These floors are linked by a meandering stair which promotes inter-faculty exchange; the stair rises through a series of connected double height spaces which are evident on the main façade flooding the interior with natural daylight and providing breakout spaces to foster wellbeing.

The BREEAM Outstanding design is vertically zoned, with the most public and highly-serviced facilities located on the lower levels, these are joined by a 4-storey atrium which links social learning spaces, formal teaching rooms and a large auditorium. Full height glazing to the learning commons and café at ground floor provides animation to the newlycreated LSE square and Houghton Street.

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Sciences + Education

Located on the outskirts of Venice, H-FARM is part of the wider masterplan for H-Campus. The completed scheme includes a primary school, secondary school, university, and student accommodation, aiming to become a tech start-up orientated education facility for a world which is constantly reinventing itself.

Students live alongside entrepreneurs, teachers, experts, and managers of large companies — a community of people who will participate in building a collective and cultural identity.

The RSHP-designed focal building - called The Hill - is a multi-purpose, flexible, auditorium, library and cafe sitting within the centre of the scheme and linking all surrounding facilities.

The east wing comprises a large kitchen and seating area aiming to satisfy the needs of the entire campus, while the west wing contains a flexible multipurpose hall with seating for 1000 people. This facility accommodates a variety of events, including exhibitions, workshops, and conferences.

At either end of the building, the ground rises creating a gentle pedestrian route up and over the building. In such a flat terrain, even this gentle gradient provides distant views over the surrounding countryside.

The whole building essentially performs as a covered arena, a real centre of gravity for the entire campus. It is conceived as a public square where students and the external community can all meet.

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H-FARM Roncade, Italy

Location Roncade, Treviso

Date 2016 - 2021

Client H-FARM

Site area 26,909 sq ft

Height 29,5 ft

Number of Storeys 2

Co-Architect ZAA

Structural Engineer RS Ingegneria Services Engineer Manens-Tifs

Project Manager Manens-Tifs

Sustainability Certification LEED Platinum

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Masterplanning + Placemaking

Madrid Nuevo Norte Madrid, Spain

Madrid Nuevo Norte is an urban regeneration project located in Madrid. The objective of this ambitious project is to close a major split in the city where the railway alignment running north out of Madrid divides the city in two.

The site is currently an empty space, a black hole on the map of Madrid. Although it is surrounded by reasonably consolidated areas, it is a vast expanse of unused territory of 5.5km long from north to south and at its widest is 1km east to west.

Exploiting the excellent connectivity provided by this transportation corridor, the project will reinforce and unite neighbourhoods currently isolated by this huge tear in the city’s fabric. It will also introduce a new neighbourhood tailored to the needs of businesses. This new CBD is squarely aimed at enhancing the commercial competitiveness in Madrid and of Spain as it emerges from the economic recession.

This is a huge project comprising 568 acres of marginal urban land surrounded by neighbourhoods of various periods in Madrid’s history which all have very different characters. Isolated from each other and from the city centre, these neighbourhoods have suffered from decades of decay caused by the uncertainty of the regeneration proposals for the site. The existing Chamartín Station sits isolated at the very heart of the site. This will be redeveloped to provide a significant uplift in capacity to serve the needs of the new High-Speed rail network (AVE).

Chamartín station is a crucial public transport node with good connectivity to the city via bus, metro and tram, the capital’s region ‘Communidad de Madrid’ via an extensive commuter train network the ‘Cercanías’ and to the rest of the Iberian Peninsula via the soon-to-be complete nationwide AVE network. Furthermore, Madrid’s Barajas Airport is only a 15-minute train ride away providing excellent links to Europe and the rest of the world.

The location of the new CBD is also located at the nexus of a number of existing corridors of economic activity, including the ‘Paseo de la Castellana’ and the A1 – one of the key routes out of Madrid. One of the aims of Madrid Nuevo Norte therefore is to unite these areas into a single, coherent entity.

Location Madrid, Spain


2017 - ongoing

Client Distrito Castellana Norte (BBVA- San Jose)

Site Area

568 acres

Buildable Area 29 Million sq ft

Construction investment

€6 Billion (estimate)

Services Engineer

BuroHappold Engineering

Landscape Architect

Andrew Grant Contractor DCN

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Montparnasse Masterplan Paris, France
Masterplanning + Placemaking

In 2019, RSHP led the winning team for this competition run by the City of Paris, launched in tandem with the co-owners of the existing complex, the EITMM. The project aims to radically transform this pivotal neighbourhood of more than 22 acres, bordering both the Montparnasse station and Tower, by opening up the existing buildings on the site, creating new routes and vistas across the previously impassable and introverted shopping centre that currently dominates the approach to the station. By rethinking traffic flows across the site, the project proposes the significant pedestrianisation of the streets in the neighbourhood, facilitating wayfinding, walking and cycling. As part of the low-carbon vision for this emblematic Parisian hub, more than 1,000 trees will be planted, creating 107,639 sq ft of green space as part of an “urban forest” conceived by Michel Desvigne Paysagiste. The project also proposes a renewal of the site through a strategy of diversification with a range of new residential, office, cultural and sporting amenities serving to strengthen the mix and resilience on the site, as well as seeking to animate and refresh its identity.

The proposed phasing strategies seek to safeguard the scalability of the proposals, limiting their impacts and enabling the gradual transformation of a neighbourhood in flux. The plinth formed by the shopping centre is opened up, revealed and made more accessible. The commercial offer is redeployed in the form of a pedestrian street that is open to the sky and organized to reflect pedestrian movements across the site. Our proposal is based on a contemporary reinterpretation of Haussmann, delivering a sensitive, dynamic urban plan based on desire lines and thereby reflecting the movement of people across the site.

Anne Hidalgo, Mayor of Paris said of our proposal: “Our challenge is to transform modernist urbanism of the 1950s and 1970s, to recompose and reconstitute this urban landscape in keeping with Paris’s fabric and with our climate commitments”.


Paris, France


2019 - ongoing


Ville de Paris


22 acres

Built Area

430 - 645,800 sq ft (on going)


Lina Ghotmeh



Michel Desvignes


Franck Boutté


Urban Planner

Une Fabrique de la Ville



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RSHP has developed a masterplan for the Barangaroo peninsula, a city district on the north-western edge of the Sydney central business district (CBD), that breaks up the area’s disused container port and uniform concrete border, returning it to the city as a bold addition to the urban landscape.

The project extends the city’s existing CBD and provides up to 1,500 new homes as well as leisure and cultural facilities and a new ferry terminal. Two thirds of the development is set aside as public and recreational space. The remaining third –Barangaroo South – will adopt the same scale, height and density as the existing CBD while maintaining a waterside which is public along its entire length.

Covering 15 acres of built development as part of a larger site totalling 54 acres Barangaroo South will become a complete

new city quarter that integrates with the existing urban fabric. The masterplan is based on a ‘fan’ of buildings that create views opening outwards towards the west and helping to reconnect Sydney to its western waterfront. Emphasis is placed on creating strong public transport and pedestrian links, and opening up a waterfront promenade into a ‘great city boulevard’ running the full length of Barangaroo.

An extension to the CBD will provide much-needed high-quality office space. The Barangaroo South development locks into the existing city grid at the Hickson Road perimeter of the site. It then follows a radial arrangement

Barangaroo South

Sydney, Australia

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Place Sydney, Australia

Date 2009 - 2015


54 acres of which 15 acres will be developed for commercial, residential, hotel, cultural and transport uses

Client New South Wales Government

Co-Architect PTW

Service Engineer ARUP

Landscape Design

Gustafson Guthrie Nichol (GGN)

that responds to the sun path and site boundaries; and ensures good views extend to the waterfront.

The proposal includes a landmark building which is raised more than 30 ft above a pier to allow full public access to the water. The lower storeys of this tower are dedicated to cultural activities and above these sits a 40-storey hotel, topped by a viewing area also open to the public. This will be the first major landmark building for Sydney Harbour since the Opera House opened in 1973, and helps to reinforce the importance of Barangaroo South as Sydney’s great western gateway.

In addition, the existing shoreline will be transformed to include a new cove, breaking up the current straight and monotonous waterfront. The derelict wharves will be transformed to create a more natural, meandering water’s edge and inject a new sense of character to the area.

Barangaroo will complete and enhance Sydney’s waterfront promenade, as well as creating a new ‘culture trail’. The development encourages walking, cycling and the use of public transport. It is part of the Clinton Climate Initiative’s Climate Positive Development Program and, when delivered, will be an exemplar of sustainable urban design.

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Law Courts

Bordeaux, France

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Bordeaux, France


1992 - 1998

Client Tribunal de Grande Instance


£27 million

Gross Internal Area

269,100 sq ft

Structural Engineer

Arup Services Engineer


Cost Consultant

Interfaces, Ingèrop

Cladding Consultant

Rice Francis Ritchie

Landscape Architect

Dan Kiley/Edward

Hutchison/Branch Associates

Lighting Consultant

Lighting Design Partnership

Acoustic Consultant

Sound Research Laboratories

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RSHP won the international competition to design new law courts for the historic city of Bordeaux in 1992. The design was for a building that would, through a feeling of transparency and openness, create a positive perception of the accessibility of the French judicial system. The brief was complex, requiring complete separation of public and judicial circulation. By pulling the building into its constituent parts, the resulting transparency encourages a sense of orientation, rendering an historically imposing institution more accessible.

Key elements of the design include the creation of public space and integration with the existing urban landscape. Public entry to the building is via a flight of stairs placed to the side, leading to the ‘Salle des Pas Perdus’ at the core of the building, where lawyers, their clients and the public meet.

The seven courtroom pods are clad in cedar, raised on pilotis above the limestone plinth, within a great glass curtain beneath an undulating copper roof. The administrative offices are reached by bridges spanning the atrium – the clarity of the plan ensuring that different secure routes across the atrium are maintained both for the public and for magistrates. With its use of irregular forms and natural materials, the building successfully complements its sensitive environs, including a section of the city’s medieval wall.

A strong emphasis is placed on effective passive control systems. The pods are shaded by the great roof and manuallyoperated brise-soleil windows along the western façade reduce solar gain. The flask-like volumes allow daylight deep into the court rooms and, through their height, ensure temperature control through stratification.

The glazed box wrapping around the chambers, with its sun-screening and ventilation systems incorporated within the roof, functions as a breathing container. In addition, the podium and offices are built in concrete – a very effective passive heat control system.

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Antwerp Law Courts

Antwerp, Belgium

The new law courts for the Flemish city of Antwerp is one of the practice’s major public buildings of the early 21st century. Like many projects by the practice, it reflects a vision of the city as a humane and democratic place with a commitment to the regeneration of urban life.

The site for the law courts is at the Bolivarplaats, on the southern edge of Antwerp’s central area, where the urban fabric is broken by a massive motorway interchange, cutting off the boulevard that leads into the city. The new building is one of the catalysts for RSHP’s long-term masterplan of ‘the new south’ of the city.

The new building, designed in conjunction with Belgian architects VK Studio, is conceived both as a gateway

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to the city and to provide a link across the motorway between the city centre and the Schelde River.

It houses eight distinct civil and criminal courts and includes 36 courtrooms plus offices, chambers for judges and lawyers, library and dining room, with a great public hall (the space traditionally known as the ‘Salle des Pas Perdus’) linking six radiating wings of accommodation. This space is capped by a striking roof-structure, crystalline in form, rising above the paraboloid roofs that cover the courtrooms.

A low-energy services strategy is fundamental to this project – natural light is used to optimum effect, natural ventilation is supplemented by lowvelocity ventilation for the hearing rooms and rainwater is recycled.

The building, straddling a major highway, looks out to a large area of parkland –the design creates ‘fingers’ of landscape that extend right into the heart of the building. The landscape is configured and planted to shield the building from the noise and pollution of the motorway.

Location Antwerp, Belgium



Client Regie der Gebouwen

Cost £86 million

Gross Internal Area 828,821 sq ft

Co-Architect VK Architects

Structural Engineer Arup/Bureau Van Kerckhove

Services Engineer Arup/Bureau Van Kerckhove

Cost Consultant Bureau Van Kerckhove

Landscape Architect Wirtz International BV

Lighting Consultant Arup

Acoustic Consultant Arup

Façade Consultant Lesos Engineering

Fire Consultant IFSET NV

Main Contractor Interbuild/KBC/ Artesia Awards


Chicago Athaneum International Architecture Award

RIBA European Award

2007 RICS Awards

Regeneration Category: Commended 2006 Staalbouwprijs

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Senedd Cymru, Welsh Parliament

Cardiff, Wales, UK

Location Cardiff, Wales, UK

Date 1998 - 2005

Client National Assembly for Wales


£41 million

Gross Internal Area 57,134 sq ft

Structural Engineer Arup

Landscape Architect Gillespies LLP

Environmental Consultant

BDSP Partnership

Project Manager Schal



Civic Trust Award


Chicago Athenaeum

International Award


RIBA Award National RIBA Stirling Prize Building of the Year Shortlist

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The election of the Welsh National Assembly in 1999, was a turning point in the history of Wales. Its home, Cardiff’s former docklands, is a striking addition to the local landscape and a statement of faith in the regeneration process. The Assembly building embodies democratic values of openness and participation, while its progressive environmental agenda establishes a new standard for public buildings in Britain.

The idea of openness is exemplified by the transparency of the building. Public spaces are elevated on a slate-clad plinth and cut away to allow daylight to penetrate the administrative spaces at lower level. A light-weight, gently undulating roof shelters both internal and external spaces, pierced by the protruding extension of the Debating Chamber.

A large circular space at the heart of the building, the Chamber is defined by the dramatic roof made from Forest

Stewardship Council (FSC) rated Western red cedar timber, which is drawn down from the roof above to form its enclosure. The Assembly also includes exhibition and education spaces, a café, committee and meeting rooms, press facilities, offices for the principal officers of the Assembly and a members’ lounge.

The servicing strategy responds to the varying demands of the internal spaces –air-conditioning is supplied in the debating chamber, while the public lobby is naturally ventilated. Heat exchangers capitalise on the potential of the ground as a cooling mechanism, while the thermal mass of the plinth tempers fluctuations in the internal environment. In this way, the design achieves significant energy savings compared to traditional buildings.

Hard landscaping, together with an avenue of trees, creates a public space around the Assembly and completes the jigsaw of new development in this part of Cardiff Bay.

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