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SEA OVERSEAS

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SEA is increasingly becoming involved with projects abroad although, with the exception of Poland and Cuba, the practice does not actively market overseas. Personal introductions and recommendations lead to sea's involvement in Italy, Portugal, Poland, Egypt, Albania and Russia. In Cuba sea was invited to carry out a study for a model bio-climatic hotel, and is designing the interior of the British Pavilion for expocuba fihav '98. sea work features in the New Urban Environments travelling exhibition in Japan and the Far East.

BATORY FOUNDATION HEADQUARTERS, WARSAW, POLAND

Stefan Batory Foundation, established in 1988 by George Soros, is an autonomous Polish non-profit organisation supporting democracy and providing assistance to ngos. On the strength of its energy-efficient work, sea was invited to prepare a proposal for the foundation's hq. sea's seven- storey, 6300m3 building was based on strict environmental principals and techniques, and includes mechanical car parking to reduce land uptake. Located within the protected old part of Warsaw, the proposed Polish sandstone- clad building draws from the tradition of Polish avant-garde architecture of Poland's independence (1918) after nearly two centuries of occupation. Socio-politically aware architects of that period also believed in the unity of art and science.

Structural engineer: Flint and Neill

Environmental engineer: J Roger Preston

AQUACITY, MOSCOW

With the reconstruction of the Moscow cathedral, Muscovites lost their huge open-air swimming pool. Russian enterprise titangate Systems, which is behind the Aquacity idea, was unimpressed with a proposal prepared by a local architect and invited sea to develop ideas for a state-of-the- art complex which would provide an area of water exactly equivalent to that of the lost pool. The site for the development faces the Moscow river on plot No 4 within the Moscow international business centre - Mayor Luzhkov's Manhattan. Including restaurants, an aquarium, a pier and a 250-bedroom hotel, the Aquacity construction costs were estimated at $65 million.

Structural engineer: Atelier One

Environmental engineer: Atelier Ten

Residential work, particularly related to energy-efficient and bioclimatic solutions, is a growth area for sea. In the 1995 European competition 'Living in the City', organised by ec dgxii for Science Research and Development, sea won a special mention and excellent technical assessment for its proposal for energy-efficient remodelling of high-rise apartment blocks in Poland (with S Billings and Ove Arup and Partners). In addition to individual houses in the uk, Portugal and Egypt, sea is currently working on its second student housing scheme.

BARNES HOUSE, LONDON

sea inherited a history of planning failures related to this commercial housing project. The planners were resistant to the design quality as well as change of use from B1 to residential. With a new design, sea negotiated two alternative permissions for a contemporary loft-type mixed-use mews house.

Structural engineer: McCartney Rose

SESIMBRA HOUSE, PORTUGAL

In an environmentally protected area south of Lisbon, this bioclimatic house for a Portuguese diplomat is an essay on restrained simplicity of physical form, richness of processional qualities and interaction with the surrounding landscape. The location is breathtaking, with views, on a clear day, out to the old red Tagus bridge and the sea. Limited by law to 160m2, this rectilinear house, emerging from a hillside, with corten steel sections, raw wood shutters, sliding glass doors and stone roof terrace, minimises uptake of the virgin, Jurassic Park-like terrain.

Structural engineer: Techniker

HAILEYBURY GIRLS HOUSING

The Haileybury girls, still a minority at the school, are to get a £5 million boarding complex. Currently being designed, it follows boarding facilities for 400 pupils and associated staff designed previously by Andrzej Kuszell. It is hoped that the girls' houses, with 120 beds, will be set within a Humphry Repton-designed landscape, in close proximity to the main school quad by William Wilkins.

Structural engineer: Dewhurst Macfarlane and Partners

Service engineer: Max Fordham Associates

Landscape architect: ptp

Cost consultant: Spicer Partnership

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