Marine Showrooms


Status: Concept Design

Client: Manateq

Contract value: Confidential

Size: 42,700 m2

The Marine Showrooms are located at the gateway to the Marine Cluster. This is a development which all visitors entering the marine cluster will experience without choice hence it was important to create a positive architectural language one which is memorable.

In spirit of the maritime we have taken inspiration from the lighthouses of Alexandria. The idea was to design a simple building carefully crafted to allow maximum natural light during the day whilst radiating light at night like a beacon/ lantern. The buildings along the periphery of the marine cluster have been designed with this intent.

The length of these buildings is in excess 200m to 300m. To create interest and break down the scale of the buildings we have created incisions. These incisions help to break and reduce the effect of a wall while allowing opportunity to play with colour. The use of colour within these carefully pierced buildings help inform the signage and wayfinding strategy.

The units have the flexibility to be single or double aspect depending on market demand. The frame of the building is simple portal frame affording large spans for the showrooms below. The double storey ground floor can accommodate mezzanine level in the future if the need arises for the tenants. The first floor is dedicated to offices.