Alison Brooks Architects' scheme at Great George Street in Liverpool: “Tribeca” for developer Urban Splash
Alison Brooks Architects' design for three buildings for client Urban Splash's Liverpool development will act as a 'beacon' at the prominent corner of Great George Street and St James Street. The buildings will be a combination of 93 apartments and colonnaded commercial space at street level.
Property Developer Urban Splash invited four architects to work with them on the project: Liverpool’s shedkm, London-based Alison Brooks Architects and Riches Hawley Mikhail, and Austrian practice querkraft.
Urban Splash has recently revealed that its development will be called Tribeca. It will be the largest residential scheme in the city to date with over 700 new homes being created. The site forms three distinct triangles, so Urban Splash put the phrase together Triangles Beneath Cathedral to create Tri-be-ca, Tribeca. It echoes its famous New York counterpart which was named because the area was made up of a series of triangular sites which sat beneath Canal Street.
The vertical faceted forms of the three buildings and their elongated fenestration is intended to relate to both the Gothic articulation of the Wedding Shop on the site, as well as the dramatic verticality of the nearby Cathedral. The idea is that the buildings stretch up toward the sky, gradually becoming lighter and more glazed as they increase in height. Within the windows are vertical strips of coloured glass – reminiscent of the beautiful stained glass windows that enliven the sandstone interior of St George's.
Tribeca will take approximately 8 years to build and work will start on the site in spring 2008.
Main image: Uniform in Liverpool.
Thumbnails (left to right): Image 1 - Uniform in Liverpool, Images 2-6 - Alison Brooks Architects.