Background

The ‘Laser 02’ building is the latest in a series of office developments we have designed at the Weavers Court Business Park in the centre of Belfast. Each of the developments have their own visual identify adding to the parkland aesthetic of the site and this project is no different.

Approach

This latest development is the largest on the site at four stories high and nearly 4,000m2 in area. The site location had been fixed at the farthest extremity of the complex adjacent to an existing listed red brick church. This presented us with an opportunity to terminate a long axis on the site and take advantage of key views over Belfast.

It was our desire to reflect the history of the area through the subtle reinterpretation of the former industrial buildings that once occupied the site.  We utilised two weaving looms which had been retained from the previous warehouse to mark the entrance to the building and act as sculptural elements within the main circulation space. To reflect the local materiality and hint at the former industrial setting the building is constructed in red brick and black zinc externally; we have also brought this aesthetic into the building creating a sculptural steel staircase enveloped with the same red brick.

As a shell and core development we were keen to ensure we met with client demands for flexibility in subdivision hence the considered layout with a central entrance stair and escape stairs at the extremities allowing for up to eight tenants.

Status

Under Construction

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The display of the looms was critical to the development of this scheme. The building entrance has been orientated to enable the looms to be viewed upon approach and revealed in more detail as the building users ascend the sculptural staircase, subtly acknowledging the history of the site.
— Project Architect
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