DESIGN STRATEGY FOR MIXED USE DEVELOPMENT
Number Two Ogle Road is a Grade II Listed commercial building in the heart of Southampton city centre. The brief was to undertake a strategic overview for the future of the building and what it might be able to offer from co working spaces, café, tourist information through cultural and arts venue, retail space and commercial office spaces. The designs are simple and sympathetic to the existing context of this building.
The design strategy reviewed and responded to the existing conditions, in terms of the building itself but also looking at the wider context of its location which includes WestQuay and the Marlands shopping centre and the historically important frontage to Ogle Road. The challenge has been to look at a number of design ideas that can maximize these existing conditions, offer a flexible planning arrangement and exploit the potential for future uses and current use strategy. The design introduces horizontal linear pod structures, giving a sense of rationality and organisation to separate between daily key uses and circulation, adding a new contemporary insertion into these spaces. The proposal to add a mezzanine and cut through existing floors, enables us to exploit the possibility of drawing daylight and visual connection between, basement, ground and first floor. This is important to create some connection between floors, so that the building does to appear cellular in its verticality.