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One SnowHill

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One SnowHill

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Sidell
Sidell
Sidell Architects, established in early 2017 by Ron Sidell after leaving Sidell Gibson*, is informed by more than 40 years’ experience in the field. In 1973 he and Paul Gibson – now a consultant to the new company – founded the original Sidell Gibson Partnership. They were, with Giles Downes, Chris Curtis and fellow Partners of the day, responsible for the creation of a broad range of award-inning projects in the UK and countries overseas to include Germany, Iran, Spain, Switzerland and Libya. The Practice has been joined by several of Ron’s original team and the programme of work at Sidell Architects continues the same tradition of the high-level design of commercial offices, residential, hotel and leisure developments, cultural/heritage buildings and urban design master planning. Its commitment is to achieve maximum benefit and added value for clients, end users and the wider community. The office has the creativity and technical expertise to successfully deal with complex design issues, finding innovative solutions to satisfy planning requirements as well as environmental and sensitive site constraints.
One SnowHill

One SnowHill

By incorporating insulated panels and shading devices, a light, predominantly glass façade is achieved compromising sustainability

Project Specs

  • Location: Birmingham
  • Completed: 2009
  • Contractor: Kier Build Ltd, UK
  • Photographer: Charlotte Wood
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One SnowHill

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Unitised façade

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Sidell Architects

Sidell Gibson have master planned this significant City centre site at Snowhill Station in Birmingham to provide approximately 52,000m² net area of high quality offices, up to 5,000m² of retail and leisure space.

The site presents a complex 3-dimensional planning problem involving the realignment of the surrounding roads and junctions giving significant increases in area, connection to the station concourse and new transport interchange, and the incorporation of a new tram line on its own viaduct.

The development will form a strategic link between the business centre of Birmingham and the historic Gun and Jewellery quarters. To this end, the design will group the new buildings around a series of landscaped public spaces encouraging pedestrian movement between the areas.

The strong symmetrical views from Colmore Square and Station forecourt into the archway and leading into the arcades is enhanced by a raking south-west wall which ‘encloses’ the pedestrian boulevard and future metro line. The façade consists mainly of floor to ceiling glazed cassettes, silicon joined externally and with aluminium spandrels expressed on double floors to enhance scale. One Snowhill is on 15 levels: 12-storey office building above and a three-storey basement car park. It has internal and external atria which draw natural light deep into the building. Important feature of the South elevation is the 6° outward sloping façade. Each façade employs Okalux®insulated glass panels to ⅓ of the office façade areas, but varying shading devices, designed to respect the sun path, while maintaining the overall integrity of the overall composition. Vertical translucent glass fins are incorporated in the north-east façade, and double skin flush glazing with integral blinds on the south-east. The south-west façade employs horizontal fins, and the raked angle also helps shading from high level sun.

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