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Hull Living with Water

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The aim of this RIBA competition, entitled “Living with Water”, was to examine the ways in which waterscapes could be integrated into city masterplanning.

Rethinking shorelines and the boundaries they establish, AFL's design provides a unique opportunity to forge distinct connections between the city and her waterfront.

A group of modular floating homes set the scene.

Neighbouring residential towers with sky gardens are edged by independent retail units. Smaller residential blocks, with views of the estuary, contain raised water gardens between them with reed beds to filter run off water.

A hotel at the edge of the estate, with ferry terminals, services a local vibrant fruit market with its sky gardens attracting visitors to the area.

Heating is provided by a sea sourced heat exchanger that reduces C02 output by approximately 50% compared to conventional methods. Lock gates ensure water levels remain steady within the marina.

AFL Architects Hull Living with Water 4

Our ultimate vision is of a diverse, high-density, sustainable
mixed-use marina district: Time and Tide.

The concept establishes a relationship between the river and the shore, reflected in both the buildings themselves and their placement within the ecosystem.

Time and Tide complements Hull's urban quarters; the Civic Quarter at the City Hall and Museum; the Retail Quarter around Whitefriargate; and the emerging Leisure Quarter.

Elements of Tide and Time

Our masterplan process sets the development within a grey-green and blue mosaic of public space, native waterside habitats and urban farms.


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