Bartlett School of Architecture
21 - 22
The new civic hall provides a meeting point for a representative from each of the 150 neighbourhoods in the city. The project establishes an inhabited landscape where the public and the city’s administrators can interface and exchange views in a secure debating environment in order to solve problems and build relationships.
The building consists of self-contained internal spaces for meetings and debates and informal external courtyards and landscaped areas that connect to the existing cathedral nearby. Initial research into sculpted concrete skin led to articulation of the building facades allowing for vegetation to occur over time, providing shading and cooling.