Category Archives: Green Architecture

Buildings with an eye on environmental and green issues

The Portland Building when completed in 1997

I see that The Portland Building at @portsmouthuni is being refurbished by Studio Four Architects Ltd. Here is the cover shot I did of it for BSJ when it was all new and shiny:

Portland Building when it was new!

Portland Building when it was new!

Singleton Environment Centre, Nr Ashford 2006

As I am in London all day tomorrow, I thought I’d squeeze this in today!

I had a rather quick but interesting visit to the Singleton Environment Centre recently with my good friend Jasper.  I somehow missed this completing in 2006 (that was a very busy time!!).

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I can remember during my first (and only) year of an architecture degree, my tutor telling me that most buildings are designed in less than ideal circumstances for less than ideal sites (or something along those lines).

This though looks like an ideal commission in a ideal location!

BBM Architects, Singleton Centre Building, Neaer Ashford, Kent

BBM Architects, Singleton Centre Building, Neaer Ashford, Kent

BBM Architects, Singleton Centre Building, Neaer Ashford, Kent

BBM Architects, Singleton Centre Building, Neaer Ashford, Kent

BBM Architects, Singleton Centre Building, Neaer Ashford, Kent

I think the building works ok, it sits comfortably in it’s surroundings and the tree columns place it very definitely in the mid naughties!  This said I remain slightly unsure about this sort of eco-modernism and I can’t quite put my finger on why!

BBM Architects, Singleton Centre Building, Neaer Ashford, Kent

But whatever I think, the people there were relaxed and obviously happy in the space and that has got to be the best test of any building.

BBM Architects, Singleton Centre Building, Neaer Ashford, Kent

(Apologies for the abundant fire extinquishers, benches, bins, gas bottles etc)