Moorside Nuclear Campus Architecture, Cumbria


Linear, ordered arrays in the landscape reflect human spiritual and technological development as well as habitat and subsistence. The Cumbrian landscape bears witness through the existence of visible man-made elements relating to early astrology, wayfinding, territorialisation, transport and more recently energy.

Our approach to the scheme’s design proposes a hierarchy whereby the external envelopes of buildings, i.e. overall form and visible materials relate to their size and function with recognizable common features to reinforce ordering principles. This articulation progressively becomes more refined, as buildings reduce in size bringing a human scale to the development.

The connection between building typologies will be the juxtaposition of expressed external structural frames, indented expression of structure, modular facade systems and environmental screens: combinations will vary depending upon orientation, visibility on site, internal use as well as scale. These combinations could be expanded giving future availability of materials during the lifetime of the power station, additional buildings and uses as yet unknown and potentially in response to climate change.

Another dimension which influences placing an element in the landscape is the ubiquitous use of personal computing and commercial services such as Google Earth utilising satellite imagery which constitutes a shift in perception of urban and rural landscape including infrastructure. The image of a company and its associated real estate becomes iconic from zenith view of clear and bold forms.

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