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ROBERT ADAM

UK ARCHITECTURE/ MIPIM 2006

Robert Adam Architects is one of Europe's leading classical and traditional architectural and design practices. With a team of 80 at its offices in Winchester and London, it is also the biggest practice of its kind. Established in 1955, the practice has become an acknowledged world leader in progressive Classical design, combining tradition with the latest technology.

Robert Adam's international portfolio of award-winning projects includes public and commercial buildings, pioneering work in masterplanning and urban design, high-quality town and country houses and the expert conversion, restoration and extension of important historic buildings.

The firm's directors, Robert Adam, Paul Hanvey, Nigel Anderson, Hugh Petter and George Saumarez Smith, are energetic champions of the benefits of traditional and Classical architecture, who write and lecture on the subject as well as being actively involved with like-minded organisations. The practice is in demand across the world, and its directors are heading up projects in Europe, the United States, Russia, the Middle East and Japan.

Robert Adam Architects works from traditional design principles to create original Classical and traditional buildings for a modern age. A new office building on site in Piccadilly, London, will provide over 7,000m 2 of contemporary office space and nearly 3,000m 2 of flexible retail accommodation within a new Classical building that will contribute to the distinctive identity of the area.

The Sackler Library in Oxford is the first major university library to be built in nearly 40 years. This 4,300m 2 complex is entered through a Classical rotunda that has a remarkable glass roof with one of the longest unsupported cantilever fins built to date. The result, the practice feels, is a perfect union between classical language and the use of cutting-edge technology.

Robert Adam's designs are based on traditional urbanism, an approach to planning that creates new places based on the lessons of history. For the development of Western Harbour in Edinburgh, a landfill area, the practice has developed principles that will reflect local identity and create new urban life. By specifying buildings and blocks of mixed scale and use, the design encourages pedestrian street life. Urban spaces are well defined and are located within a varied network of easily negotiable streets.

The practice believes that the revival of Classicism in architecture is based on the increasing demand for houses built on the principles of 'beauty, permanence and performance'. Robert Adam Architects' expertise in the design, conservation, restoration and extension of residential properties has won it an international reputation. It has recently completed a 1,000m 2 colonial-style residence on a prominent seafront site in the Bahamas. By combining traditional Caribbean details with the latest technology, the practice has created a modern family home within a new traditional house of outstanding architectural character.

Contact: Robert Adam Architects, 9 Upper High Street, Winchester SO23 8UT, Hampshire, tel 01962 843843, fax 01962 843303, email admin@robertadamarchitects. com, web www. robertadamarchitects. com

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