BDP Manchester Studio

BDP, Manchester, 2008

 

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BDP Manchester Studio 

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  • BDP Manchester Studio    
  • BDP Manchester Studio    
  • BDP Manchester Studio    
  • BDP Manchester Studio    
  • BDP Manchester Studio    
  • BDP Manchester Studio    
  • BDP Manchester Studio    
  • BDP Manchester Studio    
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Six-storey office building on the southern edge of a canal basin. The building provides large open plan studio space and ancillary accommodation for BDP’s Manchester employees

The building provides large open plan studio space and ancillary accommodation including a hub space at ground floor level. This interactive area, including café, staff restaurant and extended reception space, overlooks the canal at raised ground level.

The punctuated stainless-steel south façade that rises above the Ducie Street colonnade to contain the open-plan studio areas before sweeping over to form the roof of the building.

The reflective external finish, heavily insulated build-up and narrow vertical apertures all serve to minimise solar heat gain, and to maximise privacy with the residential buildings opposite.

By contrast, the northern façade of the building is transparent. The floor-to-soffit glazing takes maximum advantage of north light to illuminate the full extent of studio spaces and reveals wonderful views of the city centre. A fully-glazed circulation staircase cantilevered over the canal provides the circulation for all floors.

Rainwater is harvested from the roof and used to flush toilets throughout the building. It is the first naturally ventilated and night-time cooled office building in Manchester to achieve a BREEAM Excellent rating.

Data

  • Begun: 2006
  • Completed: 2008
  • Sector: Office
  • Total cost: £10M
  • Address: 11 Ducie Street, Manchester, M1 2JB, United Kingdom

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