Archetech Issue 30 2017 - Page 46

The materiality of the building draws on the history of terracotta façades in  Leeds, often produced by the local Burmantoffs Terracotta works, providing a modern interpretation of a traditional material. The façade order is also influenced by the textile history of  Leeds  as well as John Lewis, and is designed as a layered terracotta skin reminiscent of woven fabric. The diagrid is the ordering element that repeats along the perimeter of the building ; the resulting diamonds contain infill panels which respond to the internal layout of the store and the immediate context, providing transparency and ornamentation to the building. The Victoria Gate multi-storey car-park [MSCP] is visible from all main urban approaches. From th e outset the intention was to separate John Lewis from the car-park, but to acknowledge their shared purpose and relationship to the façade. Twisted aluminium fin cladding creates a diagrid pattern, emphasised by the shadows generated, which relates to the John Lewis façade. The façade efficiently provides vehicular restraint, daylight and natural ventilation. The Arcades building is designed as a two storey, twin arcade with a complex glazed roofscape continuing the grand history of  Leeds’s 19th century arcades. A large casino sits above the ThE arCaDES buiLDing iS DESignED aS a TWo STorEy, TWin arCaDE WiTh a CoMpLEx gLazED roofSCapE ConTinuing ThE granD hiSTory of LEEDS’S 19Th CEnTury arCaDES arcade, partially over-sailing it and creating a four storey civic frontage on Eastgate. The exterior of the building evolves from the 19th and 20th century language of the surrounding Blomfield and Victorian brick and terracotta buildings, with sculpturally pleated brick elevations – brick-faced pre-cast concrete panels-  changing in rhythm and scale responding to the context of the site. The interiors of the arcades are inspired by the Victorian tradition through the use of curved glass and patterned stone floors, based on Leeds’s woolen herringbone cloth.