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🟩 GreenBricks Building of the Week 🟩 The Spine

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The beating heart of Paddington Village, Knowledge Quarter Liverpool, The Spine is the first Grade-A office building in the city for over a decade. Its standout design is inspired by the human body.


📍Location

Liverpool, UK


🏢Building Details

  • 160,000 sq. ft., 14-storey = highest building in the city

  • Workplace for 200 people: new Northern home for the Royal College of Physicians

  • Includes state-of-the-art medical simulation spaces for practical examinations

  • Design draws on narrative of the human body through abstract representations: building name derived from striking geometric staircase inspired by vertebrae form


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✍️Architects & Engineers


🌱Sustainability

  • BREEAM Outstanding

  • Distinctive mathematical Voronoi patterned façade (inspired by human skin) with 23 million individual polygons applied to glazing to assist in solar control

  • Energy efficient LED lights (400lux) + intelligent lighting control systems = 50% energy saving

  • 74 dedicated bicycle racks + dedicated electric car charging points


🥦 Wellbeing

  • Achieved WELL Platinum – scoring 101/110, the highest of any (25,000) WELL certified buildings in the world

  • Biophilic design: strong connections to nature with many high-oxygen-producing plants, natural colour palette, natural light, and calming soundscape

  • Enhanced ventilation + filtration system delivers greater levels of fresh air than typical commercial systems

  • Helical stairs improving visual and physical connectivity between floors


🎈Bonus feature

Includes 3 ‘vertical villages’ – double height green spaces to create immersive biophilic feel far beyond basic planting. Veitchia merrillii trees over 4m tall create a woodland canopy feel. These are the lungs of the building.


🔗 Check it out https://www.ahr.co.uk/The-Spine


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