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National Assembly for Wales
The site has a powerful presence, with uninterrupted views over Cardiff Bay. The resulting building, with vistas of sky and water, looks outwards to Wales and beyond.
The election of the Welsh National Assembly in 1999, was a turning point in the history of Wales. Its home, Cardiff’s former docklands, is a striking addition to the local scene and a statement of faith in the regeneration process. The Assembly building embodies democratic values of openness and participation, while its progressive environmental agenda establishes a new standard for public buildings in Britain.
The setting is the Pierhead, once the centre of the coal exporting trade. Nearby are the Grade I listed Pierhead Building and the new Wales Millennium Centre. The idea of openness is exemplified by the transparency of the building. Public spaces are elevated on a slate-clad plinth and cut away to allow daylight to penetrate the administrative spaces at lower level. A light-weight, gently undulating roof shelters both internal and external spaces, pierced by the protruding extension of the Debating Chamber.
A large circular space at the heart of the building, the Chamber is defined by the dramatic roof which is drawn down from the roof above to form the enclosure. The Assembly also includes exhibition and education spaces, a café, committee and meeting rooms, press facilities, offices for the principal officers of the Assembly and a members’ lounge.
The servicing strategy responds to the varying demands of the internal spaces – air-conditioning is supplied in the debating chamber, while the public lobby is naturally ventilated. Heat exchangers capitalise on the potential of the ground as a cooling mechanism, while the thermal mass of the plinth tempers fluctuations in the internal environment. In this way, the design achieves significant energy savings compared to traditional buildings.
- Place/Date: Cardiff, Wales 1998 - 2005
- Client: National Assembly for Wales
- Cost: £41 million
- Gross Internal Area: 5,308 m²
- Architect: Richard Rogers Partnership
- Structural Engineer: Arup
- Environmental Consultant: BDSP Partnership
- Project Manager: Schal
- Landscape Architect: Gillespies
- Fire Consultant: Warrington Fire Research
- Acoustic Consultant: Sound Research Laboratories
- Access Consultant: Vin Goodwin Access Consultant
- Broadcasting Consultant: Department Purple
- Wind Engineering Consultant: Arup
- Façade Engineer: Arup
- Bomb Blast Consultant: TPS Consult
- Civic Trust Award, 2008
- RIBA Award National, 2006
- RIBA Stirling Prize Building of the Year Shortlist, 2006
- Structural Steelwork Design Award, 2006
- Gold Medal in Architecture, National Eisteddfod, 2006
- Natural Stone Award, 2006
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