Brunel House, Portsmouth
This scheme redevelops a redundant twelve-storey office building located at The Hard into a new mixed-use tower. It will comprise over 500 student beds, 300 residential apartments with panoramic sea views and one storey of retail space at ground floor level. The proposed design carefully considers the surrounding context and ensures that the elegant sweeping form of the building will complement the skyline of Portsmouth, the adjacent Spinnaker Tower and Gunwharf Quays. Angled to overlook the historic dockyard, it makes reference to maritime themes; the silhouettes of sails and the vertical forms of masts are referenced in the design. Contemporary oceanic allusions are also made, with the silver/grey cladding dispersing sunlight like the surface of the sea, and the sharp angled forms recalling contemporary yacht design. This important regeneration will help to transform The Hard into a high quality UK and European waterside destination.