‘A Fine Balance’
The Malmo Quay site is located in a prominent position at the mouth of the Ouse Burn on the River Tyne. The site extends a nationally significant area with views of the iconic Newcastle bridges and quayside. +3 Architecture were one of three national practices invited to submit a proposal to a competition organised by Igloo and Northern Architecture. The brief asked for a minimum of 38 residential units as part of a wider masterplan for the area.
Our approach was to design a scheme which acknowledged the distinctive, civic character of the quayside and the domestic scale of the Ouseburn. The building simultaneously creates a ‘book-end’ to the quayside whilst continuing the journey from the Ouseburn valley. The design seeks to reinterpret the industrial vernacular of the Ouseburn through an authentic expression of flexible accommodation within a subtly framed structure.
From a townscape perspective the design is intended to add to the Ouseburn experience by providing a series of dramatically framed and unexpected views, whilst simultaneously protecting and enhancing sensitive views from the Freetrade Public House. Locally sourced materials have been carefully selected to work at two scales – providing a monumental, monolithic appearance when viewed from afar and a fine, rich grain when viewed closed up.
House and apartment types are variations on the innovative stacked Tyneside duplex designed for the nearby Malings development. Wherever possible homes are given their own front door which opens onto a shared courtyard with a communal garden.
The scheme sits on a plinth which provides an elevated ground plane, enclosed car parking and protecting from potential flooding. In keeping with Igloos ‘Footprint’ environmental policy the design seeks to maximise passive environmental opportunities, daylight and the amazing views of the Tyne.
Malmo Quay: Newcastle upon Tyne
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