August, 2016 Monthly archive

The blog of Simon Kennedy, Architectural Photographer based in London. 

The Believe in Better building is the tallest commercial timber structure in the UK and was designed and constructed in less than one year.  The building was conceived as a home for Sky’s Believe in Better schools outreach programme and Academy training programme for apprentices and provides an inspiring, showcase and public face to Sky as well as an inviting multi-functional amenity for the staff and visitors to Sky to use. The building programme combines accommodation for visiting school children at ground level with offices, staff training facilities and a restaurant on the three stories above.

Part of the brief was that the spaces should be adaptable over the long-term and none of the main spaces were conceived with fixed uses in mind. A large, open-plan, column free space on the second floor for has been provided to accommodate large meetings and gatherings. The room partitions are therefore designed to achieve enhanced acoustic separation commensurate with the potential multi-media teaching in adjacent rooms in mind.

A sweeping, open staircase starts at ground and rises through the triple height atrium. At first and second floors the stair width is increased to incorporate breakout spaces, and provides not only circulation, and visual communication across the floors and out to the plaza, but creates the social and interactive focus of building.

As well as creating a super-flexible workspace for a fast-changing corporate culture, the design of the Believe in Better Building focuses on creating specific, holistic, integrated conditions for optimising the health and well-being of the people in this building. It is the first building in the UK to be designed in accordance with the emerging Wellness Certification principles. The key principles of which are quality day-lighting, air quality, natural material selection, and great design. Materials were specified that have low or no VOC content to avoid off-gassing problems. The extensive use of natural wood, internal and external greening provides human delight, celebration of SKY culture, and for human-nature interactions within the building.

(Architectural photography completed over 1.5 days, all images copyright Simon Kennedy. If you wish to use any of these images for any purpose please email me at info@simonkennedy.net.)

BSkyB Believe in Better Building, Osterley, London, elevational photograph
BSkyB Believe in Better Building, Osterley, London, elevational photograph. 1 of 10.

Underneath outward projected internal staircase
Underneath outward projected internal staircase. 2 of 10.

London Architectural Photographer
London Architectural Photographer. 3 of 10.

Corner of Arup SKY BIBB, Osterley, London
Corner of Arup SKY BIBB, Osterley, London. 4 of 10.

Interior photography showing open plan meeting space
Interior photography showing open plan meeting space. 5 of 10.

London interior photography
London interior photography. 6 of 10.

Photograph of view up through public atrium
Photograph of view up through public atrium. 7 of 10.

Looking up the staircase, through the building
Looking up the staircase, through the building. 8 of 10.

Interior photograph showing timber architecture in London
Interior photograph showing timber architecture in London. 9 of 10.

Timber columns against glazing in meeting areas
Timber columns against glazing in meeting areas. 10 of 10.

This is the blog of Simon Kennedy, London Architectural Photographer. If you would like to see more of my work, please visit www.simonkennedy.net

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The blog of Simon Kennedy, Architectural Photographer based in London. 

Simpson Haugh’s proposals—including retail space, 407 residential apartments,189 affordable apartments, basement parking—respond to the site’s remarkable aspect and acknowledge its significance as a landmark at the point on the riverside where the original warehouses end and the building scale reduces. On a cluster of three sites, the design comprises a composition of crystalline forms that restore the urban grid and re-establish local routes with the river. The buildings respond to the stunning views up-stream toward Tower Bridge and downstream to Canary Wharf. Lined with entrances and animated frontages, the development reinforces Chambers Street as a generous and coherent public thoroughfare. Open spaces form to capture private gardens and define a public realm of the highest quality along the river. Residential development were also designed with a Level 4 Code for Sustainable Homes rating target in mind.

(Architectural photography completed over 1.5 days, all images copyright Simon Kennedy. If you wish to use any of these images for any purpose please email me at info@simonkennedy.net.)

View through full height glazing over South London
View through full height glazing over South London. 1 of 15.

Architectural photography of timber flooring running through to the balcony
Architectural photography of timber flooring running through to the balcony. 2 of 15.

Simpson Haugh, Chambers Wharf development, London
Simpson Haugh, Chambers Wharf development, London. 3 of 15.

Stone work detail photograph
Stone work detail photograph. 4 of 15.

London architectural detail photography
London architectural detail photography 5 of 15.

External baffled elevation to apartment block
External baffled elevation to apartment block. 6 of 15.

Internal courtyard landscaping-photography
Internal courtyard landscaping-photography. 7 of 15.

Handrail architectural detail and guard junction photograph
Handrail architectural detail and guard junction photograph. 8 of 15.

Oblique view of glazed elevation
Oblique view of glazed elevation. 9 of 15.

Photograph of street view of elevation
Photograph of street view of elevation. 10 of 15.

Architecture and street furniture photograph
Architecture and street furniture photograph. 11 of 15.

London exterior architectural photography
London exterior architectural photography. 12 of 15.

Development street, cycle parking, and traffic control
Development street, cycle parking, and traffic control.13 of 15.

London Architectural Photographer
London Architectural Photographer. 14 of 15.

Existing site and new development in stark contrast
Existing site and new development in stark contrast. 15 of 15.

This is the blog of Simon Kennedy, London Architectural Photographer. If you would like to see more of my work, please visit www.simonkennedy.net

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Simon Kennedy is a London Architectural Photographer working with architects, engineers, developers, designers, artists, journalists and visualisation companies to produce iconic architectural images and video (All images copyright Simon Kennedy, London Architectural Photographer)

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