Longitudinal Section Cross Street - Created with Sketch up and PhotoshopSun Path
Back pool Fold, approx. 25m from Cross Street in the heart of Manchester
city centre. Adjoined on two sides and surrounded by taller building it
receives little natural daylight.
Built c1811-1815 on the site of the previous Radcliffe Hall as a warehouse
and storage facility for the cotton industry.
Plot size approx. 5.5m x 18m in a trapezoid form comprising of a
basement and four upper floors, split level ground floor. Traditional solid
masonry walls with timber (and partial concrete) floors and a timber
framed duo-pitched roof.
Multi Purpose Solution -
internal and external Olfactory , Ventilation and
The extraction fans of the neighbouring restaurants expel
stale air laden with grease and cooking fumes. This
airborne pollutant isn't is a pleasant smell nor is it one
which one would happily associate with a high end
establishment and in particular not a healthcare place.
To balance the requirement natural ventilation with
protection from the odours. Two strategies have been
employed. The med intervention strategy was the
introduction of air curtains over the main. This was more
of a challenge within the min and med interventions in the
ground floor entrance Due to space restrictions and
maximum height above wine Glazed shop frontage.
glazed wall system for borrowed light and air flow .
This system also allows flexibility to generate professional
training revenues from the Dr Knight centre of excellence.
glim glass with electric current to give opacity and privacy
Initial exploratory sketches and thoughts
South-facing slope and solar operated vents
conserving energy - thermal insulation
peaceful environments - sound reduction
secure surroundings - additional security
Energy saving - reduces the need for
External Olfactory protection from surround buildings
Daylighting strategy - Reflective glass
Acts as a light diffuser for the alleyway
One Strike Many Targets
Secondary Skin -evolved from daylighting strategy and reserach
Benefits were multifaceted
Solar activated vents for passive ventilation
Multi Faceted Benefits - Secondary Glazed Skin
View from At Annes Square
Views From St Annes Corner . North to March Wheel
Proposed Street Scene - View from St Annes
Square Corner of Cross Street ( No3 on the site
contribution to Street Scene. Lift to SkyWalk -
Created with Sketch Up and Illustrator
Contribution Street Scene
The cctv set up to show market the business and the sky
park. Design out crime and increase the feeling of
security by increasing the street level visibility of the
Design Out Crime
Space Planning with Sketch-up creates a visual reference for discussion with client
1. Access or connection to nature. (Features
which bring an oasis feel to the urban environment)
View from Sky Garden Level facing south to the
Sky Park. Spectacular view to Town hall across
Manchester City Scape.
A greater sense of control in a clients environment. ( individual private suite for use of clients, , which can be booked for overnight stays and personalised to order)
Ground Level Client Welcome Lounge. Clients are issued with a key card to gain entry and staff are notified via a pager their clients have arrived . The interior circulation routes are carpeted with a beautiful but tough contract grade polypropylene organic "garden path' carpet. The whimsical pathway through the building is softly bending to create a psychologically pleasing route through the space.