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Hamilton House, Belfast, Northern Ireland

Kriterion Conservation Architects

This new building transforms a derelict portion of a city block alongside two significant listed buildings in a Conservation Area, removing the eyesore of dereliction and enhancing the streetscape in a positive manner by providing a prestigious, Georgian-inspired 4-storey office building which celebrates the cultural history of the area. It is already regarded as a landmark in the area.

Classic copper was chosen for its qualities of versatility on complex curves, sustainability and appropriateness for traditional architecture. The feature copper clad barrel roof, which references the Victorian and Georgian roofscapes which characterise this area of Belfast, used the skills of local craftsmen fabricating all elements on site. Copper framed oriel windows on the side elevation reflect the traditional Belfast streetscapes, and to the rear, vertical copper panels are used on the bespoke power operated sliding garage doors fabricated in a combination of folded copper and frosted glass.

The form of the copper plantroom tower on the roof was inspired by the chimneys of the neighbouring listed Victorian school.

Innovative rationalisation of primary structural elements has allowed for greater emphasis on the crafted hand built aesthetic and materials quality. A copper gutter is integrated into the roof and downpipes incorporated in the internal fabric of the building. 

Since installation the natural and bright copper finish has transformed into a deep bronze hue, improving in appearance as it matures.

Historically Joy Street provided lodgings to many theatrical stars including Charlie Chaplin.  To reflect this, a small bronze statue of Chaplin resides near roof level enhancing the front elevation.

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Building

Owner: 
Devarc Ltd
Completion date: 
2012
Country: 
United Kingdom
City: 
Belfast

Categories

Applications: 
Barrel roof
Facades/fascia
Type of building: 
Office buildings
Copper used: 
Classic
Estate: 
New

Architect

Name, office: 
Kriterion Conservation Architects
Address & description: 
Hamilton House, 3 Joy Street, Belfast BT2 8LE TEL: +44 (0)28 9024 3911 FAX: +44 (0)28 9023 3249 EMAIL: belfast@kriterion.co.uk

Awards

Season: 
2013

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