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Allies and Morrison clads car park with 'twisted' skin

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[FIRST LOOK + PROJECT DATA] Allies and Morrison has completed this external skin of a car park at the new Addenbrooke’s hospital campus in Cambridge

The multi-storey car park is wrapped in a continuous, ‘twisted’ skin of aluminium ribbons.

The scheme forms part of the practice’s masterplan for the Cambridge Biomedical Campus. The next building to be built as part of the masterplan will be an energy centre also designed by Allies and Morrison.

Allies and Morrison Addenbrookes

The architect’s view

The car park is wrapped by continuous, twisted aluminium ribbons, coloured yellow on one face and anodized aluminium on the other, the yellow making reference to the rapeseed of the surrounding fields. The effect is a woven basket-like structure on which light plays and models the texture of the facade. This surface provides weather protection and screening to the interior of the car park, while allowing glimpses of the surrounding countryside. The ground floor level is planted on a mesh screen to bed the building into the landscape.

Allies and Morrison Addenbrookes

Project data

Type of project car park
Client Addenbrooke’s Hospital Biomedical campus
Architect Allies and Morrison
Landscape consultant Devereux 
Planning consultant Roger Tym and Partners 
Structural engineer Northmore associates
M&E consultant WSP group
Quantity surveyor Davis Langdon 
Main contractor Vinci
Completion date June 2014
Form of contract and/or procurement design, construct and operate

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Allies and Morrison is a supporter of the AJ Women in Architecture campaign.

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