Texlon® ETFE Covered Courtyard
Devonshire Square, the original spice warehouse of the historic East India Trading Company, comprises of twelve self-contained buildings on a five acre estate. The listed 18th century buildings were initially refurbished in the late 1970’s and successfully retained many of the original features of the individual buildings. The redevelopment of Devonshire Square by Fletcher Priest Architects incorporates a Texlon® ETFE covered atrium – a new active public space with a range of retail and restaurant facilities. The elegant courtyard, situated to the west of the estate, enables the space to be utilised all year round. This transparent Texlon® ETFE canopy over sails the building parapet to create a naturally ventilated space that is supported by a delicate light weight steel structure.
The courtyard roof affords occupants and guests improved comfort while the elegant design modernises the space and maintains the integrity of the historic surroundings.
Atria and Courtyards Are Becoming the Oasis of Modern Cities and Create Habitable Spaces
Most people live in areas with fluctuating weather, and those enjoying constant warm temperatures and sunshine, are often envied by the others. Especially by those of us in regions dealing with four or more seasons (like in Europe, where we currently have not only summer but also summer+). Independent of where you live, we always try and maintain the same level of comfort, a ‘room temperature’ level of warmth. When it’s hot outside, we want coverage from the sun and cool air conditioning. When it’s cold we want the warmth of the sunlight and heat – preferably we would like to be outside while enjoying ideal temperatures.
Atria with Flexible Applications
That is where atria come in place. They are found in a variety of architectural applications, both old and new. They cover the common areas of a restaurant, shopping centers, shared office space or a variety of other buildings which connect to form a community area. Ideally, these covered areas expand their use throughout each season – like Devonshire Square in London.
Thinking about connecting buildings or covering your atrium? Why not let us think along with you.
|London, United Kingdom
|Offices , Retail
|Fletcher Priest Architects Limited
Images copyright: © Nick Clark (main and two on top), © Steve Winston (two bottom images).