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Moxon's 'Hedgehog for Preston' gets approval

A 3,700m² office building in Preston known as ‘the hedgehog’, due to its thicket of aluminium fins, has received planning permission

The Moxon Architects’ designed building at Oliver’s Place is clad with anodised aluminium fins, cantilevered from vertical support brackets. The fins change the appearance of the building dramatically depending on the position of the viewer.

On the south-west façade they act as a brise soleil and rain screen, but appear more visually permeable on the south-east façade. Early morning and winter sunlight is able to enter the building while in high summer sun is excluded.

Moxon won a design competition organised by Gardinia and the RIBA. Jury chair Ian Simpson said the Moxon scheme was a ‘unique design that offered good simple spaces, intriguing views out and an extraordinary quality of light’.

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