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British architect Will Alsop of Alsop Architects has completed a residential building called Chips in Manchester.
The eight-storey building, for developer Urban Splash, was conceived as “three fat chips stacked on top of each other.”
Each “chip” is covered in text referring to the area’s history.
The building forms part of Alsop’s urban plan for the New Islington area of Manchester and contains 142 one, two and three bedroom apartments.
Above photographs by Christian Richters.
Here’s some more information from Urban Splash:
WILL ALSOP’S ‘CHIPS’ BUILDING COMPLETES IN NEW ISLINGTON, MANCHESTER
THREE FAT CHIPS STACKED ON TOP OF EACH OTHER.
A RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT LIKE NO OTHER.
Quirky, bold and robust, ‘Chips’ forms the first major development
for the Alsop-designed masterplan for New Islington in Manchester. New
Islington, Manchester’s Millennium Community, is situated between the
Ashton and Rochdale canals on the Northern edge of Manchester City
Centre. Launched in 2002, Alsop’s Strategic Framework for New
Islington, lays out an exceptional place, modeled around new canal arms
and an inspiring landscape.
Commissioned by Urban Splash in 2002, Chips presents the first new
apartments for sale in New Islington was designed by Will Alsop whose
building was inspired by three fat chips piled on top of one another.
The ‘Chips’ building comprises three equal-height, long, thin new build
masses (Chips) approximately 100m long by 14m wide stacked and
staggered upon one another creating an elevated ground floor and eight
levels comprising 142 one, two and three bedroom apartments. The
building is clad in a composite wall faced with a cladding covered in
newspaper print with text that echoes the industrial heritage of the
The design provides a mix of living and studio units and commercial
space within a single project. The project defines a quality of living
by combining outstanding design with technological innovation while
embracing key concepts of sustainability, integration into the urban
landscape and the provision of inspirational and sensational apartment
units. The building’s apartment types range from studio spaces to three
bed apartments. There is also a variety of differing external
balconies. The apartments are planned internally around a central ‘pod’
unit, housing the bathroom and kitchen areas. The apartments can be
open plan or sub-divided by the use of large folding screens. It marks
another significant milestone for New Islington, which will become even
more of a community once the residents of Chips move into their
apartments in 2009.
Urban Splash Ltd
Will Alsop, Duncan Macaulay, Edward Norman, Caroline Koo, Bonny Yu
Martin Stockley Associates
Quartzelec and Fulcrum
Simon Fenton Partnership
Rawlings Consultancy Services Ltd
Pinniger & Partners
ACCESS AND ACOUSTIC CONSULTANT
Urban Splash Build
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