Carmine Building London, Merchant Square Development, Architect, Architecture, Design
Carmine Building, Merchant Square, London
Carmine building Paddington Basin, London, England
6 Aug 2012
The new public realm will see the continuation of European Land’s regeneration of unused industrial land with landscaping and public art of the highest quality along the north side of Paddington Basin.
The primary open space is incorporated into the masterplan is 5,339 sqm (57,469 sq ft), an increase of 728 sqm (7,836 sq ft) over the consented schemes for the same site. This includes a major new canal side square that will accommodate a year round calendar of events together with a more private garden area aimed primarily at the residents.
The public realm strategy has been directed at opening up the site via clear routes from areas beyond its boundary. In addition to residents and workers, visitors will be encouraged in to the square to enjoy the amenity of the canal, an environment closed off to the public prior to European Land’s regeneration of the area.
Carmine: Commercial office with ground floor retail and a health club at ground and basement level. Above ground area approx. 355,000 sq ft. 28 car parking spaces.
Six buildings – three office and three residential
The Blade: Residential with ground floor retail. Above ground area approx. 245,000 sq ft, 221 units and 152 car parking spaces.
Azure: Commercial office with ground floor retail and mixed use space. Above ground area approx. 225,000 sq ft. 15 car parking spaces.
Topaz: Commercial office with ground floor retail and child day care facility. Above ground area approx. 256,000 sq ft. 16 car parking spaces.
West End Reach: Residential with ground floor retail and a health club at ground and basement level. Above ground area approx. 220,000 sq ft. 196 units. 135 car parking spaces.
Waterweave: Residential with ground floor retail and child day care facility. Above ground area approx. 160,000 sq ft. 146 units. 97 car parking spaces.
Carmine Building – Building Information
Total office space: approx 620,000 sqft
Total residential units: 555
Total retail and leisure: 58,000 sqft
Carmine Building – Design Team
Masterplanning Architect: Kalyvides Partnership
Architect – Carmine and Waterweave: Mossessian & Partners
Architect of Record: Perkins+Will
Landscape Architect: Edco Design London
Environmental and Sustainability Consultant: Environ
Transport Consultant: Arup
5 Merchant Square
Carmine Building photo © Nick Weall
Carmine building – further information re completed 5 Merchant Square
Carmine Building architects – mossessian & partners
European Land & Property Limited is a development company owned jointly by European Land Holdings Limited and Aldersgate.
Laing O’Rourke plc is the largest privately owned construction firm in the UK with offices in the UK, Germany, India, Australia and United Arab Emirates and over 31,000 employees worldwide.
Led by Chairman and Chief Executive, Ray O’Rourke, the business has grown rapidly since the acquisition of Laing by R.O’Rourke & Son Ltd in 2001.
Laing O’Rourke has an integrated capability, and takes a holistic view of construction. They specialise in delivering ambitious and innovative construction projects that deliver to both clients and the communities who use them every day.
Paddington First was set up in 1998 by Paddington Waterside Partnership, a parent organisation which was established to co-ordinate the many development schemes at Paddington.
Work starts on Building E, Paddington Basin
25 Sep 2007
Ground preparatory work on mossessian & partners’ scheme for Merchant Square at Paddington Basin has begun. This major scheme by Michel Mossessian, former Design Lead at SOM London and his first since starting his own practice, forms the commercial element of phase one of European Land’s development plans for the site and is due to complete in November 2009.
Design principal Michel Mossessian said; “We are delighted that our first major scheme in London forms part of the prestigious Merchant Square development. This marks a significant milestone in the ongoing regeneration at Paddington Basin and in the development of our practice.”
Building E, Merchant Square is a slender, elegant and sculptural building comprising 260,000 sq ft of office space, with public lobby areas, retail on the ground floor and a health club in the basement. mossessian & partners led the design with Perkins + Will as executive architects.
Composed of three contrasting triangular elements, its dynamic form presents an animated façade on all sides, enlivening the canal frontage, addressing the existing office buildings to the west. The building envelope features varied textures and patterns, including bold use of colour, to emphasise lightness and improve energy efficiency.
mossessian & partners have also designed an adjacent building at Merchant Square – a residential scheme of 226,000 sq ft which also has planning approval. The Merchant Square development comprises six architecturally diverse buildings in total, accommodating a mix of retail, restaurant, leisure, commercial and residential functions spread over a total area of 1.8 million sq ft. The scheme includes 559 residential units, 30% of which will be social housing. The buildings are set within a high quality public realm with a major new canal side square as its focal point.
The development has been named Merchant Square to reflect the area’s past as a key point of trade and to celebrate its proposed regeneration into a contemporary and thriving new community.
Merchant Square Paddington – Carmine Building information from mossessian & partners via ING Media 250907
Carmine building at Merchant Square photographs by Matt Chung
Location: Paddington Basin, London, England, UK
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