The Manser Practice won an invited competition to redevelop a large site in Gibraltar with a mixed use project containing 364 residential units, office space and retail units.
Rather than a mid-rise, slab-like building we met the requirements of the competition brief by designing slender apartment buildings that create more open space at ground floor level and create views through to the Rock of Gibraltar from neighbouring developments. To enable this extra height we liaised with specialist aviation consultants to revise the height limits imposed on the site, allowing these taller buildings and therefore more residential units within a smaller site footprint.
At ground level the new landmark project is defined by a series of new public passageways that weave around retail units linking the site to its surroundings, routes punctuated by cooling courtyards that reflect the layout of the old city. On top of this sit a series of publically accessible podium levels containing a gym, swimming pools and lush planting.
The project will incorporate sustainable design elements such as solar shading brise-soleil, green walls, and green roofs with integrated solar panels. Planting to the perimeter of parking levels will create vertical gardens and will shield the parking levels from view. The design and arrangement of the towers optimises views and daylighting, and minimises single-aspect north facing apartments; creating a new building typology for the city.
The project was submitted to planning in April 2016.