The Deep

Terry Farrell and Partners, Hull, 2003

 

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The Deep is the lastest addition to the humber riverside 

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  • The Deep is the lastest addition to the humber riverside    
  • Detail of facade    
  • The aspect that presents itself from the car park has a tough industrial character, connecting the building to its site – a former shipyard – and to the city    
  • The basic form emerges from the site.  Sir Terry Farrell speaks of the buildings as  ‘an eroded monolith… a rock face’    
  • The exhibition was conceived as a dramatic descent through a three-dimensional space recalling the underwater landscapes of the ocean    
  • The exhibition was conceived as a dramatic descent through a three-dimensional space recalling the underwater landscapes of the ocean    
  • The exhibition was conceived as a dramatic descent through a three-dimensional space recalling the underwater landscapes of the ocean    
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  • Masterplan    
  • Site plan    
  • Ground floor plan    
  • First floor plan    
  • Second floor plan    
  • Third floor plan    
  • Fourth floor plan    
  • Roof plan    
  • The unusual shape of the building called for an intricate steelwork support structure.  The inclined walls and sloping roof create an overhanging element to the glazed tip.  A triangulated steel framework carries the loads to a deep in-situ concrete trans    
  • Detail section through wall    
  • Roofing detail    

Lottery-funded aquarium at the confluence of the River Hull and River Humber designed to be a landmark building for the city

The building is conceived as a geological metaphor, rising out of the ground like a crystalline rock formation. 800 tonnes of steel form the structural heart of the building.

The aspect of The Deep which presents itself from the car park has a tough industrial character, connecting the building to its site (a former shipyard) and to the city.

Materials are in different colours and textures, including coloured concrete, acrylic render, profiled metal, enamelled glass and rhomboid sheets of marine-grade aluminium as used in shipbuilding, which takes on different colours according to how the light and the reflections hit it.

Data

  • Begun: Oct 1999
  • Completed: Apr 2003
  • Floor area: 7,187m2
  • Sectors: Sports and leisure, Education
  • Total cost: £45.5M
  • Funding: National Lottery
  • Tender date: Mar 1999
  • Procurement: JCT Management Contract 1998
  • Address: Tower Street, Hull, HU1 4DP, United Kingdom

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