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.
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
✍️Architects & Engineers
Martin Stapleton – Director at CDS Architectural Metalwork
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
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
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.
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